A Good Death: On the Value of Death and Dying by Lars Sandman

By Lars Sandman

·Is there the sort of factor as a very good loss of life? ·Should we manage to select how we want to die? ·What are the moral issues that encompass a superb demise? The thought of a ‘good dying’ performs a major function in sleek palliative care and continues to be an issue for full of life debate. utilizing philosophical tools and theories, this publication presents a severe research of Western notions surrounding the loss of life procedure within the palliative care context. Sandman highlights how our altering principles in regards to the price of lifestyles unavoidably form the concept that of a superb loss of life. He explores the various views at the solid dying that come from pals, kin, physicians, non secular carers and others as regards to the death individual. taking off a couple of arguments for and opposed to latest wondering an exceptional loss of life, this e-book hyperlinks to the perform of palliative care in numerous key parts together with: ·An exploration of the common gains of demise ·The strategy of dealing with demise ·Preparation for demise ·The atmosphere of loss of life and demise the writer concludes that it's tricky to discover convincing purposes for anyone method to die an exceptional demise and argues for a pluralist strategy. an outstanding loss of life is key studying for college students and execs with an curiosity in palliative care and end-of-life concerns.

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Could we draw a similar conclusion when it comes to diachronic consistency? Returning again to our ardent opponent of euthanasia and terminal sedation in the example above, she stuck to her values and aims but allowed herself to be inconsistent or accepted a failure in relation to these. Now we imagine that she reconsiders her former ideas and comes to hold a different and opposing set of values and aims concerning euthanasia and terminal sedation. Hence, a death in which she receives terminal sedation would be consistent with her present values and aims, but not with the values and aims held throughout the greater part of her life.

By an ego ideal is probably meant that it is the ideal I adhere to concerning how I should act, be and behave, which do not necessarily accord with the majority view or the official view, even if I am influenced by such views. Synchronic consistency First we deal with whether we have reason to die in a way that is synchronically consistent with our present values, ideal or not. e. it seems to be implied by the very expression ‘actually follow’? If so, it would seem empty to claim that this is what it takes to die a better or good death.

That we would have done if we had viewed ourselves as immortal or with a long life ahead. 3 For a more thorough discussion of this see Sandman (2001). 4 This is even supported in the Bible, in Ecclesiastes, where we find: ‘Death is better than a miserable life’ (see Badham 1996 for a Christian defence of euthanasia drawing on this idea). 5 Having made investments in our own life means that we have given time and effort to projects that will not reward us until further on in our lives. For example, I have invested a lot of time and effort in this book – something that I hope will reward me when I have finished it.

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