Death with dignity.
We've all heard it.
Sometimes, it seems as though the phrase has come to mean that a person losing ability is also losing dignity. Rather than remain in an "undignified" state, society implies that it's better to end life while it's still worth living, and while that person still retains full value.
When did ability become the standard of dignity?
Liz is a mom of four, and has been diagnosed with advanced incurable kidney cancer. Living every day with the knowledge that she could legally end her life in Oregon, the phrase "death with dignity" is something that she has heard a lot.
Rather than commend its message, Liz expresses her concern about how our culture is beginning to define dignity.
"The moment we label suicide an act of dignity, we’ve implied that people like me are undignified for not ending our lives, or worse, we’re a costly burden for society. What a lonely, uncharitable, and fake world we live in if we think it’s somehow undignified to let people see us suffer, to love us and care for us to the end." Liz has a different perspective on dignity.
Love is dignity.
Liz is facing death with dignity.