Behind Euthanasia: Existential Distress

Posted June 5, 2017 1:27 pm by Alex Schadenberg

Behind Euthanasia: Existential Distress

This article was published by Living With Dignity – Québec on May 31, 2017.A  Canadian study recently examined the reasons behind euthanasia cases in four major hospitals in the Toronto area.The results of the study demonstrate that the main factor behind euthanasia deaths relates to existential distress. Indeed, the primary reason given by patients concerned the loss of autonomy – and not the unbearable pain that was conveniently sold to us from the beginning. Other reasons included fear of becoming a burden to those around them, fear of losing one’s dignity, or the fact of no longer appreciating one’s life.In

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