Information about euthanasia

Euthanasia is used by many to mean ‘mercy killing’ but the word (from Greek) literally means ‘good death’ or death without suffering.

There are many definitions of euthanasia, such as ‘a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life to relieve intractable suffering’.

Euthanasia is not the same as allowing nature to take its course or the stopping of treatment when the burdens outweigh the benefits.

Euthanasia does not mean palliative care, nor is it part of palliative care or hospice treatment.

As the law stands at present, you cannot request euthanasia through your Advance Decision and it is illegal in the UK (see section Advance Decisions and Thoughts on suicide and euthanasia).

Information about funerals

Because death and dying are such emotional subjects that cause extremely painful feelings, it is understandable that many people try to avoid thinking about them....