Author Blazes New Path About Terminal Care, Suicide and Euthanasia
Colin Jamieson's "A Good Way to Go" -considering self-determination, mercy and self-termination tackles the difficult subjects of dying, terminal care, suicide and euthanasia, advocating cultural and procedural reform on the mercy and terminal care needed by dying patients. Professionally, the author had worked in the area of bereavement and disaster recovery and was astounded at the ignorance and error in the community on these matters. The book aims to correct this and is written with the general public in mind. He has provided authentic information for a study that provides original thoughts comprehensive enough to provide helpful material, to stimulate discussions, and provide an overview that might facilitate wholesome changes in our society.
Although there already is an acceptance of the need for terminal care and mercy in the community and self-determination for individuals, Jamieson raises new and interesting points. The plea for a more merciful society begins with pastoral help that gives dignity to the dying, a better understanding and acceptance of self-termination, a look at ethics, health services and the law in regard to the subject. Jamieson has been through the emotional struggle with these thoughts during his wife's illness and eventual death-fortunately, he was encouraged by the same wife and folk from the medical profession to write about it. He relates his personal experience to subject to emphasize how the matter is related to pertinent points in law, philosophy and ethics, historical and etymological data, theology, health services, the economy and more that is involved in the debate. Jamieson reviews it from a wider perspective, advocating that the word "suicide" and "euthanasia" or anathemas tagged on to them be dropped from medical establishment procedures with regards to terminal care.