[Right_to_die] Debating how to deal with dementia and mental illness relating to euthanasia
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Extract from RELEVANT,
(Magazine of Right to Die-NL (NVVE)
Volume 34, nr. 2, May 2008
Summaries by Corry den Ouden-Smit
Thinking together about the future of the NVVE
Rob Jonquière, CEO
As a first step for the memorandum Perspectives on dying with dignity a
concept memorandum was written and presented to the members of the NVVE
in the Annual Meeting of 2007. Many experts and organisations were
consulted. In a public meeting with experts the memorandum has taken its
final form. This was presented to the NVVE Annual Meeting 2008.
The framework of this memorandum has been made, but the individual parts
have to be worked out, for instance the dilemmas of euthanasia in
dementia and assisted suicide and in cases of chronic psychiatric
suffering. And, last but not least, the ‘lastwill pill’ as a possibility
for those who think their life is complete.
Apart from this, attention was given to the notion of dying with
dignity. The renewed objective of the NVVE is to make clear that
everyone has the right to make his own decision at life’s end: to be
able to die where, when and in which way. This part of the memorandum is
called ‘palette policy’. The palette extends from stopping with
life-prolonging treatment, or taking a deadly dose of medicine (with or
without help of a physician) to palliative sedation and euthanasia, and
everything in between.
The activities will be implemented as a project. A project manager was
appointed and four teams consisting of NVVE volunteers, committee
members and experts have started. Plans of action have to be made and
after that the board will set priorities. Not everything can be taken on
at the same time in view of finances, human resources and opportunity.
The moment to publish our findings is important. Time should be on our side.
At the NVVE Annual Meeting 2009 the Board will propose a priority list.
We intend to publish the total memorandum in 2015.
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