I feel that suicide should be an option for people suffering with no reasonable end in sight.
So if someone has terminal cancer, I think suicide should be an option for them. I also think if someone has clinical depression and does not respond well to medication that they should have suicide as an option. I don’t think it’s fair it force someone to live a life of suffering.
But I don’t think suicide should be an option for just anyone at any ol’ time. Like when someone breaks up with their spouse they might be so despondent at the time that they feel like suicide, but we know that’s just a temporary state and in a matter of time they will be able to move past it. I also think the minimum age should be something like 25 to make sure it’s not just teenage-angst. I would also think there should be some period of time before hand where the person is in counseling or treatment to ensure that there really is not a workable solution.
I know I would be sad if someone close to me committed suicide, but I also wouldn’t want them to live a miserable life just so that I wouldn’t feel that sadness. I would rather have their suffering be over.
I recently put my dog to sleep because cancer overtook her. At the end she was struggling so much that I can’t imagine that she wanted to keep going. Putting her to sleep was very hard, but I could take relief in knowing that her suffering was over. If my dog were a person, I would like to think that if she said she wanted it to be over, she would have that option and not have to wait for the cancer to finish her off.