Euthanasia: A Further Erosion of Familial Understanding

Or as the Anglican Canon Giles Fraser wrote in a brilliant Guardian article:

I do want to be a burden on my loved ones just as I want them to be a burden on me—it's called looking after each other. [...] Of course, I will clean you up. Of course, I will hold your hand in the long hours of the night. Shut up about being a burden. I love you. This is what it means to love you. Surely, there is something extraordinarily beautiful about all of this.

I took a very small part in looking after my grandfather in his last years of life, splitting between my parents and myself the tasks done most of the year by my uncle Joe. We hoisted him into bed, helped move him around the house, and assisted him with going to the toilet, sometimes in the middle of the night. It was hard, it was unpleasant, and it was undignified.

And, yes, beautiful.

7/2/2014 4:00:00 AM
  • 2014 Religious Trends
  • Bishops' Synod
  • Catholic
  • Public Square
  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Family
  • Health
  • Marriage
  • Christianity
  • Roman Catholicism
  • About