MONTREAL, QUE: AUGUST 14, 2009 -- Palliative care doctor Patrick Vinay at the Notre Dame hospital palliative care ward Friday, August 14, 2009 in Montreal. About 75% of Quebecers support the move by the Quebec College of Physicians to legalize euthanasia. End-of-life experts, however, say support is coming from healthy people. Many of the dying sick are hanging on to life until the last breath. Photograph by: John Kenney, The Gazette
Euthanasia Is Already Being Practised, Doctor Says -- Montreal Gazette
'We have to stop hiding our heads in the sand'
"The last enemy to be destroyed is death."
1 Corinthians 15:26
Better care for the terminally ill, the right to die with dignity, the desire to be in control at the end of one's life - on all these points, Canada's father of palliative care, Dr. Balfour Mount, sides with euthanasia advocates.
However, the great divide lies in the solutions to end-of-life issues, said Mount, founding director of the Royal Victoria Hospital palliative care service and emeritus professor of medicine at McGill University.
"Should there be medical assistance for the dying? Absolutely," he said.
"These are the sickest people in our health-care system."
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Update: A matter of life and death -- Montreal Gazette
My Comment: My father had a stroke in 1997. He was bedridden for 8 long years .... unable to talk .... paralyzed on his right side. It was very difficult for all of us .... but we endured and when my father passed away .... as I told my mother .... we are now free.