California’s “Death with Dignity” law and the true meaning of life, by Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson, a colleague, Christian Science Practitioner and writer who focuses on the link between consciousness and health, explores a very controversial and current topic – the ‘death with dignity’ law that was just enacted in California and is being considered in other states. His spiritual insight and understanding of life is inspiring and poignant.  Perhaps the emphasis needs to shift from the ‘right to death to a new understanding of our inherent ‘right to life’.  Join Eric and learn how this paradigm shift speaks for Life!

Death with Digity and the true meaning of life (1)It’s time we shifted the focus of our discussion about end-of-life issues from our ‘right-to-die’ to our right – and innate desire – to live.

Last week, a new law went into effect in California that allows doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to terminally ill patients wishing to die on their own terms. Prompted in large part by the experience of Brittany Maynard, a former Bay Area resident diagnosed with cancer who moved with her husband to Oregon to take advantage of that state’s lenient “death with dignity” laws, the law aims to honor what State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) considers an individual’s freedom while providing “appropriate protections to prevent any abuse.”

Although the public debate surrounding this issue continues to focus largely on the right to die, perhaps now is as good a time as any to examine the much less talked about issue: the desire to die.

Unfortunately, the tendency is to charge headlong into such a discussion with little more than one’s personal opinion or, worse, personal condemnation of anyone who doesn’t share our own belief, paying little if any attention to those actually struggling with this desire. Neither is helpful.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org