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Near-Death Experiences Involving Suicide
By Kevin R. Williams, B.Sc.

If you are currently thinking about suicide, please see your doctor and tell him about it. Someday you will be very glad you did. It may be that you are suffering from the illness called depression which is very curable with proper medication and counseling. There are also suicide hotlines on the internet that have information that can help you. If you are someone who has lost a loved one, there is an excellent website on grief and bereavement to help survivors cope with their loss.


Many people have the mistaken belief that suicide is a one-way ticket to hell. This is often traced to faulty religious dogma or cultural influences. After all, what really is the definition of suicide? Is falling on a grenade to save the lives of others an act of suicide? Was it suicide when Jesus decided to have himself killed when he could have avoided it? Is a person who is constantly feeding a junk food habit committing suicide? What about a hopelessly terminally ill patient who wants to spare his family from devastating financial ruin just to prolong their life for a few more months? According to a national study, Medicare spends one-third of the cost of treating cancer in the final year, and 78% of that spending occurs in the final month.


Near-death experiences are giving society answers to such questions. In general, near-death experiences reveal the quality of our lives after death is not determined by HOW we die, but by how we LIVE. Unfortunately, many suicides cause devastating emotional damage to families lasting a lifetime or more. This is the REAL tragedy and the problem with committing suicide. While near-death experiences show that suicide, in itself, has spiritual consequences which are no different from other ways of dying, it does show there are penalties for hurting others. This is why people who decide to justifiably end their life must do the research and prepare themselves and those around them.


Other articles in this section includes information about a person's right to control their own life and death, and the strong legal case which allows people facing intractable pain or indignities in the final stages of their life to determine for themselves when life is no longer worth living. With all the modern medical procedures physicians have at their disposal to prolong life and resuscitate people from death, and the negative implications which can arise from them, society must now decided whether or not people facing end-of-life decisions should be allowed to voluntarily receive assistance by a physician to end their life. The issue of a person's right-to-die is based on the principles of liberty, autonomy, equality, dignity, and unnecessary suffering.

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