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Title: YSWK0006 An Introduction to Death, Dying and Bereavement: Knowing the Unknown


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YSWK0006 An Introduction to Death, Dying and
Bereavement Knowing the Unknown
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Imagine that you were being seriously injured in
a car accident
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And you became paralyzed
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Continue to live?
  • YOU were suffering from infinite pain
  • Pressure for family and financial burden
  • YOU thought that life was meaningless
  • What would you do?

Feeling hopeless ?
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Euthanasia ???
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Contents
  • What is euthanasia?
  • FOR or AGAINST euthanasia?
  • Viewpoints of different religions
  • Case study
  • Self reflection
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Questions Answers

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What is euthanasia?
  • General
  • The intentional killing by act or omission of a
    dependent human being for his or her alleged
    benefit
  • For advocates
  • Merciful method of death
  • For opponents
  • A form of murder

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What is euthanasia?
  • Euthanasia by consent
  • Voluntary euthanasia
  • Consent with the patient
  • Involuntary euthanasia
  • Without consent with the patient
  • Euthanasia by means
  • Passive euthanasia
  • Non-aggressive euthanasia
  • Aggressive euthanasia

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What is euthanasia?
  • Oregon in the U.S.
  • Passed the law in 1997
  • Permitting doctors to assist terminal patients
    with six months or less to live to end their
    lives
  • Netherlands
  • Legalized in 2002
  • Physician assisted suicide in very specific
    cases, under very specific circumstances
  • Belgium
  • Passed the law in 2002
  • Physician-assisted suicide was approved

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What is euthanasia?
  • Hong Kong
  • No legislation
  • Limited discussion
  • Become a hot issue after several cases

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FOR or AGAINST euthanasia?
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FOR or AGAINST euthanasia?
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Viewpoints of different religions
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Viewpoints of different religions
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Case Study
  • Tang Shiu Bun (Bun Tsai)
  • paralyzed from the neck down since an accident in
    1991
  • wrote to legislators to argue for the
    legalization of euthanasia in 2004

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Case Study
  • Bun Tsai
  • "Time has no meaning to me...I want to put an end
    to this endless waiting..."
  • The quality of life is much more important than
    the length of life

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Case Study
  • Critiques from Bun Tsai
  • Euthanasia ? No respect for life
  • Option for euthanasia ? must choose the option
  • Disabled need help when committing suicide
  • Do you agree with him?

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Case Study
  • Critiques from us
  • Open minded agree with Bun Tsai
  • Life ? physical body
  • Accept euthanasia
  • But not support euthanasia
  • Think positive counter examples, Sang Lan and
    Liu Hairuo
  • Strike a balance among respect for life, family
    and society

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Case Study
  • Our analysis

Society
Family
Individual
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Case Study
  • Sang Lan
  • a former Chinese gymnast
  • in New York fractured and dislocated her C6 and
    C7 vertebrae
  • injured her spinal cord
  • paralysis from the mid-chest down

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Case Study
  • Since returning to China
  • a celebrity
  • an advocate for the disabled
  • hosts her own show, Sang Lan Olympics 2008 on
    STAR TV
  • an ambassador for Beijing's successful 2008
    Olympics bid
  • selected as an Olympic relay torchbearer

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Case Study
  • Liu Hairuo
  • traveled in England in 2002
  • the only survivor in the train accident
  • seriously injured and fell into deep coma during
    the crash
  • Woke up 2 months later
  • Since then, able to speak again after 3 months

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Self reflections
  • Questions for YOU to think
  • What have you learnt from Bun Tsai, Sang Lan and
    Liu Hairuo?
  • If you were Bun Tsai, what would you do?
  • Continue to live?
  • Would YOU still choose euthanasia?

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Conclusion
  • We hope to bring the take-home message
  • Life is precious
  • Love from family and friends
  • Think twice before euthanasia
  • No Take 2 in life

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Bibliography
  • http//www.christianstudy.com/data/pastoral/euthan
    as05.html
  • http//www.euthanasia.com/proscons.html
  • http//hk.news.yahoo.com/070722/12/2bzqe.html
  • http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sang_Lan
  • http//youtube.com/watch?vAglNL7drg18
  • http//www.hkmacf.org/english/press/20060627.htm
  • http//www.bbc.co.uk/religion/ethics/euthanasia/

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Questions Answers
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Thank you
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