Euthanasia – Term Paper Example

Euthanasia The term ‘euthanasia’ in Greek means good death. One of the most controversial terms of the modern world, euthanasia can take several forms like forced or voluntary and active or passive. Distinguished scholar of human psychology, Robert Feldman has contributed much to the debate of euthanasia in the recent edition of his book, ‘Development Across the Life Span’. According to the Associate Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, euthanasia is all about the living will of the sufferer or the patient. If the patient himself decides to end his life, it is then treated as voluntary euthanasia but if the patient is not in the position to provide the consent and the near and dear ones along with the physician and the lawyers decide for it as per the terms of will, it is then regarded as involuntary euthanasia. Mr. Feldman holds the view that the sufferer can tend to change his view later. The scholar also thinks that in case of children, they might not be enough matured to decide about ending their life as they have not experienced much of the worldly things (Feldman, 2007).
If one looks back to the death of Christ, one can understand the pain and miseries that Jesus tolerated in the way of His death. The wrists of Jesus were nailed to patibulum and the feet were nailed to the stipes. He suffered extreme pain in the way of his heavenly abode only to die His natural death (Edwards, Et Al, 1986).
It stresses upon the fact that one should die his normal death at the time it appears and should not dictate terms upon the issues like it with the help of modern technologies.
Edwards, W. D., Gabel, W. J. & Hosmer, F. E., (1986). On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ. The Journal of the American Medical Association. Retrieved 09 December, 2009 from
Feldman, R. S., (2007). Development Across the Life Span. Prentice Hall. Ed 5.