choosing to die

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Re: choosing to die

Postby Penfold » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:57 pm

Bouncy Castle wrote:https://twitter.com/terryandrob/status/270716801674014722/photo/1

Choosing to Die wins Best Documentary at the International Emmys.

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Very well deserved for a very difficult subject. :D
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Re: choosing to die

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:48 pm

Penfold wrote:
Bouncy Castle wrote:https://twitter.com/terryandrob/status/270716801674014722/photo/1

Choosing to Die wins Best Documentary at the International Emmys.

:clap:

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Very well deserved for a very difficult subject. :D

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But very well done. :clap: :clap: :mrgreen:
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Re: choosing to die

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:10 pm

Congratulations to all concerned! :D
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Re: choosing to die

Postby Sjoerd3000 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:31 pm

:clap: Congrats! :clap: :clap:
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Re: choosing to die

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:37 pm

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Re: choosing to die

Postby michelanCello » Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:20 pm

Congrats! :clap:
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Re: choosing to die

Postby ShadowNinjaCat » Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:17 am

As above.
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Re: choosing to die

Postby Quatermass » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:07 am

I watched the full documentary earlier tonight. Very profound, and disturbing, though the latter is to be expected, given the subject matter. And I wouldn't have said Mr Smedley's death was completely dignified. The poor sod went out asking for a glass of water. Possibly the last thing on his mind as he went out. And those horrid snores. Poor sod. :(

Definitely a thought-provoking work, though. And something any intelligent person who has an opinion on euthanasia, for or against, should watch.
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Re: choosing to die

Postby Penfold » Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:07 pm

Quatermass wrote:Definitely a thought-provoking work, though. And something any intelligent person who has an opinion on euthanasia, for or against, should watch.

I fully agree, Q. I know a few people who were either totally pro or anti assisted death before watching the documentary and were having second thoughts about their stance afterwards. To affect two such polarized camps of thought in such a manner takes a lot of skill and highlights the impartiality of the arguments, both for and against, and the way they were presented.
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Re: choosing to die

Postby Quatermass » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:52 pm

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Quatermass wrote:Definitely a thought-provoking work, though. And something any intelligent person who has an opinion on euthanasia, for or against, should watch.

I fully agree, Q. I know a few people who were either totally pro or anti assisted death before watching the documentary and were having second thoughts about their stance afterwards. To affect two such polarized camps of thought in such a manner takes a lot of skill and highlights the impartiality of the arguments, both for and against, and the way they were presented.


It didn't affect my choice, which was already made before I actually watched it. In fact, it only solidified my decision. But all the same, it did illuminate one key problem with Terry Pratchett wanting assisted suicide that I hadn't even considered: by the time he would be in a state to require euthanasia, he probably wouldn't be in a state to consent to it. Which was a sad revelation that I hadn't considered (and I'm smart enough that I should have noticed it). The two people in the program proper, Peter Smedley and Andrew Colgan, were of sound mind, more or less, when they decided to end their lives.

Even so, I think euthanasia is a last resort more than anything else. Yes, in some cases it's good, especially where terminal illness is concerned. But if it does get legalised in the UK or anywhere else, then it needs a metric [EFF!]ton of regulation. I noticed with Dignitas that they had a lot of paperwork before they were given that final draught. That, and the consistent and relatively annoying (but necessary, obviously) asking whether the 'patient' (I dunno what to call a potential partaker of euthanasia) seriously wants to die at least showed that they were professionals and thorough.
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Re: choosing to die

Postby Bouncy Castle » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:59 am

Not as professonal as we would all like, methinks.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... linic.html

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Re: choosing to die

Postby MortalWare » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:10 pm

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Re: choosing to die

Postby Cheery » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:49 pm

MortalWare wrote:Never give up hope:

http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/new-compou ... s-symptoms


That's a very interesting development. Here's hoping *crosses fingers*.
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Re: choosing to die

Postby mstenten » Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:55 pm

Thank you very much for this film. It was difficult to watch, but very important. I watched this film 3 weeks before accompanying my mother, father and sister to Zurich. My mother suffered from motor neuron disease, Lou Gehrig's Disease in US or for baseball fans. Aside from leaving her family, her greatest regret is that the services provided by Dignitas are not widely available in the US (only 2 states).

I am glad to say my mother passed with dignity and bravery. Thank you Terry and thank you Dignitas.

I wish Terry the best of luck with his fight against Alzheimer's.
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Re: choosing to die

Postby Quatermass » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:36 am

For any Aussie viewers who missed out, it's coming back to SBS on March 10, at 9:35.
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