Re: "Assisted suicide a display of love," Nov. 4.
I learned that my friend who was in hospice care at home died. Her care was wonderful but her last 24 hours were agonizing and she was in terrible pain and no relief could be found. Her family, although distraught, was so glad to see her finally be relieved from her suffering.
Then I get the Times Colonist and read the excellent letter stating that assisted suicide is a display of love and commenting on the letter from Dr. Chris Pengilly, who supports dying with dignity and choice.
Then I turn to another page of the paper, and read about what to do in the last moments of an injured deer to end its unbearable suffering. I am glad that society is so compassionate to deer and other suffering animals.
I am deeply perplexed that in Canada we have compassion for the horrible suffering of animals, and yet a human being in that condition has no choice to die when ready.
Surely, it is time for the laws to be changed and give human beings the right to die with dignity at the time of their choosing.
Galina Coffey Lewis
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