Topic 4: death, dying, and grief
I do not agree with the analysis from the topic readings that suicide or euthanasia constitute a sin against nature. It is certainly understandable why this argument exists – especially as theologians have long held Nature up as something sacred that should be respected and preserved – but we must also take into account our current understanding of mental health and illness, both physical and psychological. It cannot be forgotten that many cases of suicide stem from severe pain, suffering, or distress experienced by individuals who see no other way out than taking away their own lives; thus it would seem wrong for us to pass judgement when we ourselves may not understand the full extent of their struggles or circumstances which lead them to assisted death if it is available legally.
Accordingly, I believe we ought not label those opting for assisted death through suicide as guilty sinners; rather empathy ought be given considering such situations tend to happen under extreme duress where individuals feel they have been pushed beyond any acceptable limits imposed upon them by external/internal forces whether known otherwise unknown even themselves having said so remainders solemnly expressed sympathy due towards plight come forth wishing best possible gentlest resolution lay hand carry through times difficulty emerging hopefully strength gain continue onward journey rested revitalized ready face new challenges await forward goings.