Welcome to the “Fireside Chats”. It is getting cold here in Silicon Valley and I personally would love to sit down with you at the fire place, with a glass of (your favorite drink) and chat about life. Of course, when you think of life death is a part of the story too.
Have you seen the cover of People Magazine this week? Brittany Maynard Diaz is 29, a newlywed, from the Bay Area is choosing to die with dignity. Yes, she is terminally ill and dying from cancer. Oregon passed the first “Death with Dignity” act allowing residents to choose this option. According to Death With Dignity National Center (deathwithdignity.org) defines it as :
Under the Oregon, Washington and Vermont Death with Dignity lays, terminally ill patients are mentally competent to make their own medical care decisions may request a prescription of medication to hasten their deaths. These patients must also be able to self-administer the medication.
Guess what she did. This passed Saturday she took her own life. If you were in her situation would you? Did the media glorify “suicide” in the name of human interest? Or was this actually “newsworthy” because she was 29 and a newlywed? What about the 75 year old who lived his/her life to the fullest and said I am dying because I lived. That doesn’t make the news?
Here is another situation. A mom of three beautiful girls is dying slowly of cancer. Is she going to be “Brave” and call it quits? I do not imagine that to be the case. If a mother of three took these same pills would she make the cover of People Magazine? I shall surely think not.
Death is the elephant in the room. Everyone knows it is there but nobody wants to discuss it. Have you done your will? The older generation asks this to make sure the family is secure. However, with this act you need to look at death just in case something happens to you and your spouse. The mention of death brings those questions you do not want to ask. Is there an after-life? Or is this it? If there is an after-life? Is there a God? Are we measuring up to His standard? Oh wait… isn’t God love, and we are loved..BUT… uggh.. Still in our society death is a taboo topic.
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
Are you interested in getting a little friendlier with death? How about signing up to volunteer? Huh? Yes. There are many local organizations that work with hospice patients and provide in-depth training to volunteer with patients. One is Hospicevalley.org and the other is http://www.paloalto.va.gov/hospicefaq.asp.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39