EuthanasiaDiocesan Response to Euthanasia and End-of-Life Care
For the past few months a Diocesan Team has been working to compile a set of resources that responds to issues raised by the Hon David Seymour’s End-of-Life Choice Bill. This process revealed the need to place such a bill in the context of death, dying, and end-of-life care. Therefore the resources compiled by the team extend well-beyond legislative issues. There are five main areas covered by the "Euthanasia and End-of-Life Care Reader" that has been distributed to all our ministry units.
- Terms and Legislation: a short video; an overview of the terms associated with euthanasia and end-of-life care; some clarification around what Hon David Seymour intended by sponsoring the End-of-Life-Choice Bill.
- Care of Dying and Palliative Care: a series of lectures on death, dying and funerals; assorted approaches to spiritual care provided to those who are dying; suffering from a medical perspective.
- Theology and Ethics: a miscellany of theological rationales and secular perspectives.
- International Voice: submissions made to our Select Committee from a Dutch medical practitioner, and a journalist; a short article considering some international aspects of euthanasia.
- The Stories: video-links and select committee submissions from people experiencing end-of-life care or living/working those in a palliative condition.
The Reader includes secular and non-secular opinions and arguments. It is intended to reflect a wide spectrum of beliefs held by groups and individuals inside and outside the church. You will not agree with everything you read. Some of the material may upset you. We encourage you to engage with this in the spirit in which it was prepared: prayerfully.
In addition, Bishop Philip has recorded an address on Euthanasia that we urge you to watch and share with your ministry unit. It has been uploaded to our Diocesan YouTube channel and is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxXpHMb4feM&t=15s. The address runs for approximately 20 minutes and we invite you to share it widely; some of you may wish to show it on a Sunday morning during the sermon slot.
Peace and courage be with each of you as you engage with this important material.
Diocesan Team (Rev Julian Perkins, Heather Major, Rev Andrew McKean, Rev Canon Sue Pickering, Rev Juliet Drage, Ven Stephen Black)
Story Published: 5th of April - 2019