I worked at an Assisted Living Facility and we had quite a few DNR residents. I had one lady named Margaret with terminal lung cancer. She was an absolute angel, and she had a dnr.
At the beginning of my shift (6:30 am) she had a heartattack, and passed out. My coworker saw her and didn't try to help her because she was a "DNR". My coworker got fired, and Margaret survived the heartattack and came back a week later.
2 days after coming back she passed away 15 minutes before my shift was to start that day. Hospice was there, and we were allowed to go in and pay our respects.
That was the third hardest I have ever cried.
Margaret was a very strong woman and she liked to chat with me, especially while I rubbed her feet. She often told me that when she reached her final stages that she would rather have someone assist her in suicide than to continue on to suffer. She said she didn't want anyone to see her in that condition, and she would rather have family see her when she is looking better and can give them the goodbye she really wants.
I think assisted suicide should be allowed (WITH STANDARDS). I see nothing wrong with helping someone make an educated choice to kill themselves with they are terminally ill and riddled with pain.
Craig's bestfriend Bill had a father with severe back pain. His father ran out of pain medication and couldn't afford anymore. He ended up committing suicide because he couldn't deal with the pain.
If people are hurting and it won't stop, or they are terminally ill. They have all right to decide what to do with THEIR life. Who are we or anyone else to tell them they have to stay alive until their is absolutely no will for their body to fight and continue on?