"beliefs about life after death dont matter when considering how to look after the dying

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do you agree on that statement

Posted Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 01:50 by meghna

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The question is linking ideas about life after death and preserving life by using life support machines or the hospice movement.


Effectively, the quote is asking students to evaluate whether a belief in life after death held either by the dying person or their carer (possibly family) should have any relevance to making a decision about looking after the dying by use of a hospice (catering for spiritual as well as physical needs), a hospital life support machine or allowing them to die, possibly accelerating the natural process to relieve pain. Concepts such as sanctity of life and quality of life could be used. It is possible that some may include euthanasia in their answer. Although this doesn't really comply with 'looking after the dying' it could gain credit dependent on how it is used. Passive euthanasia driven by caring would be much more preferable as a possible action than would active euthanasia. Essentially, the discussion may focus on whether it is better to care for the dying in a way that prolongs their life, possibly longer than natural, rather than allowing them to die and enter the afterlife in heaven or paradise or reincarnate or be reborn in a better body. Of course the opposite would be the possibility of a worse afterlife e.g. Hell or lower reincarnation / rebirth

Answered Sun 20th October, 2013 @ 19:26 by hoverking
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Um, if its RE you're doing then it depends on what religion you are doing. I am doing Christianity so I don't know if that will help?...

Answered Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 09:37 by Nearly Einstein