Making Dying Better: Envisioning a Meaningful Death by Contemplating the Assisted Death

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Title: Making Dying Better: Envisioning a Meaningful Death by Contemplating the Assisted Death
Authors: Herington, Thomas
Date: 2016
Abstract: The contemporary juridico-political and bioethical debate over physician assisted dying has emerged as one of the most divisive of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Commonly strained through Western conceptions of individual rights and near ubiquitous calls for the respect an abstractly defined human dignity, popular discourse on assisted dying tends to promote universal understandings of both human beings as well as ethical, legal, moral action. This thesis, however, holds these debates in abeyance preferring rather to explore the ways in which the possibility of an assisted death creates a more meaningful dying space for many Canadian advocates. And though I cannot answer for everyone, for many of the 24 individuals I spent months interviewing, “hanging out” with and generally following around to various meetings/training sessions, the assisted death is not some nihilistic response to the suffering of our materially bounded/feeling bodies, but a contemporary recurrence of a deeply spiritual, relational and artful dying.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/34977
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-4927
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