“People with zelfeuthanasiewens benefit from conversation”
People who feel that their life is complete, and therefore zelfeuthanasie want, benefit from one or multiple conversations with a consultant. The majority sets below their zelfeuthanasie from or see them off, writes the Volkskrant.
Consultants of foundation, The Horizon and the Dutch Association for a Voluntary end of Life (NVVE) spoke last year six hundred men and women who live their lives in a humane way want to end. According to the Horizon not more than one in five of their desire.
With 80 percent of the people was a conversation with a consultant enough “to be reassured to continue with my life,” says Miriam de Bontridder, a lawyer and member of the board of The Horizon.
The NVVE is coming to the same conclusion as The Horizon. A majority of the people see after one or more discussions with a consultant on suicide. “A part comes months or years after a first call back. A lot of people who walk around with a death wish can be there with very few people talk about it. A conversation with a consultant about this give peace,” says Carolien van Eerde against the newspaper. The coordinator of the counselling Centre of the NVVE suggests that the sense of control you can have over the moment of death, is the determining factor.
‘Physicians find euthanasia often have a hard time’
This opinion is shared by professor of end of life research, Bregje Onwuteaka-philipsen is admitted at the VUmc in Amsterdam. “For the most zelfeuthanasie a back-up plan: certainty about the possibility is enough,” said the professor.
A death wish because of a “complete life” is especially prevalent in the elderly, with a multitude of ouderdomsklachten. Because many doctors are reluctant are these people euthanasia to grant, knocking it to The Horizon and the NVVE. The cabinet, and D66 want for this group of elderly people to a legal regime with clear conditions and guidelines. The scheme will be an important, supporting role for consultants.