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What Does "Right To Die" Mean?

Terminal illness is something my brain cannot even begin to process, in the sense that I cannot even begin to imagine what a person must feel after finding out that their illness cannot be cured. It's a horrifying thought that I don't think anybody really thinks about unless it happens to somebody they know. And even then, unless it's happening to you personally, I'm not sure anybody can really begin to imagine how that feels. Being told you have limited time remaining - be it one week, one month, or even a year - has to be so fucking scary. But there is a movement happening right now that is hoping to help these people in a way that may not be for everyone, but for some, it might mean the world. The "right to die" movement - the organizations, politicians/legislation, doctors, and those who document their story - is growing more and more over time. Soulless will be focusing on right to die over time to help educate, raise awareness, and encourage conversation about it.

But what exactly does right to die mean? To sum it up, right to die is a persons right to end their own life through a professional setting. In other words, someone who is ill with no chance of getting better should have the right to end their own life peacefully, in the privacy of their own home, surrounded by the ones that they love. It helps take the suffering out of their remaining time left in the world, and helps the person know exactly how their death will come, where, and when. Right to die is also known as voluntary euthanasia, which is the process of doctor assisted suicide. There are people who are dedicating their work and lives to helping people who desire more end of life options to get the help that they need.

Right to die, while varying throughout different parts of the world, typically will involve a terminally ill patient to voluntarily request and receive a legal prescription that will hasten their death. It allows the individual to essentially "plan" their own death date, which allows the person to choose how exactly their final days are and who is present when their final day arrives. People who support the right to die movement typically believe that their body and life is their own, and if they choose to end it, it is their decision - and their decision alone - to make the final call. It is because of this that so many great people and organizations and working to help raise awareness and help the legislation process move the laws into place to help support right to die.

To receive support for ones right to die, typically a person must prove to their doctors (who are voluntary supports of the movement - even in states where right to die is legal, doctors have no obligation to support the practice) that the decision to go through with voluntary euthanasia is the decision of the patient alone (and no-one else encouraging it), and that the person is mentally stable, the decision is not impulsive, and there is no mental illness present.

Over the next few weeks, Soulless will be focusing on other various topics related to "right to die," including organizations, people, and the debate involved with the movement. If you have any comments you'd like to share, please feel free to engage in conversation with us about it on our social network pages - right to die is a modern day, developing topic that we would love to see people talking about.

If you are feeling suicidal, please know that there is help available. No matter who you are, where you are, or what your story is - there are people you can reach out to who can help you to overcome whatever it is that is hurting you. You don't have to fight this alone. :)


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