I came across an interesting piece of information from an old ( in his 70’s) friend. He told me a friend of his died of cancer last week. He had had cancer for some time and been in and out of hospital and was clearly terminal. The odd thing was that because he didn’t spend the last 24 hours of his life in hospital, an autopsy was compulsory. Only the hospital is trusted as a place for death. This delayed the funeral and understandably caused further upset for his widow, who felt she was under suspicion. Does anyone know any more about this? I haven’t heard of it before. Is it a new law that is driving everyone into hospital for controlled death, which is coincidentally the same way that birth is going?
Next interesting point…. His medical friend said to him “Mark my words, before long we will all be terminated” which I took to mean that old people’s deaths, when and how, will be decided for them by the state.
This brings us round to the euthanasia debate. I agree with the idea of being in charge of your own death, but any euthanasia law will surely be misused against us to control deaths in hospitals, whilst being made to look like we have a free choice.
TAP – My dad went in to hospital as he couldn’t get any food down. They set about force feeding him, and he died within ten hours of his arrival. He died so quickly, no one was there with him. My mother feels guilty but didn’t expect him to be gone so fast, and was never called. I was out of the country, and asked her what he actually died from. She said no one mentioned any cause for the death. She was only informed that he had died. He was a bit wiser and knew the score. He told me before that if he ever went into hospital, he wouldn’t live for long. It was the first time my mother asked for help after nursing him for fifteen years through Parkinsons. At least we were spared an autopsy.