...so you're diagnosed with Cancer and you're given five years to live; there's a good chance you'll manage perfectly well during the first and second year, and then start to deteriorate on the third year, and by the fifth year, you're continually taking pain medication and you require other people, be that friends, family or hospital staff to look after you. Should you be given the choice of Terminal Sedation? The mother of a close friend of mine died back last July/August, she'd been in and out of hospital over the previous months due to Liver/Kidney issues - she'd been a bit of a drinker, and it obviously caught up with her. In any case, I am told by my friend that come the later hospital visit, it was made clear that there was nothing more the staff could do, and so my friends mum spent the next five or six days just waiting to die - essentially. She wasn't remotely coherent, instead, just vacant - likely due to the drugs she was receiving for the pain and discomfort. How is this humane? I know we're not living in Switzerland (at least, I'm not), and we can't just put people down, but having heard the circumstances, and also having gone through a very similar situation with one of my grandparents some years ago, I do wonder whether there should be something put in place for if/when this occurs; something that a person can sign in advance of illness stating whether they can be released from life, save being a drain on the system. If there's no hope for someone, and it's just a matter of time, is it not more humane to bring their death on? We do it with animals to ease their suffering, so why don't we do it with people? If their mind has already gone and the body is just waiting to catch up, I fail to see how that is good for anyone involved. It's a cost on the medical bills (drugs keeping said person alive), it's a further strain on an already dying body, and worst of all, it can't be healthy for the people remaining who are essentially just waiting around to be told the news that they know is coming. Would be interested to know the thoughts of others regarding this. Would it be inhumane to put someone out of their terminal suffering (if they so wished it)?