This is my response to The Reverend Michael Coren’s CBC opinion piece regarding Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), posted on February 4,2020. (You can find his article here). Let me be clear about what this response is and is not. This is not a position paper wherein I pose a counterargument to Coren’s support of […]
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I’ve been present for the moment of death twice. In both cases the woman was surrounded by family, friends and minister. There was no pain, or if there was the nurses knew how to keep it under control. This was in a small (200 bed), local general hospital, not a hospice. I think this is more typical of an “unassisted” death than Michael Coren suggests. In my “gut-reaction” opinion, God is the giver and ought to be the sole taker of life. We should not try to second guess Him by hurrying death along. By all means give opiods or whatever is necessary to ease the pain, even if it results in a lot of sleepiness. If this is not be the best medication for long term survival, then err on the side of mercy, but do not play God. He knows when the time is right for the christian to come home to Him.