What about the caretakers?
- By: Yashasvi Shukla
The word “euthanasia” was first used by Sir Francis Bacon in the 17th century, and it means “good death.”1 Sadly, it’s only the meaning of the word that is simple. The past few decades have witnessed a growing awareness of assisted suicide, with support both from doctors and various associated organisations. Most doctors still stick to the old dictum “never say die,” swearing by the Hippocratic oath, but it’s time that policymakers start taking this sensitive matter more seriously. Research has shown that the caretakers of a terminally ill patient experience various psychological illnesses, sometimes leading to suicide. Governments working towards making assisted suicide legal will have lots of groundwork to do, like drawing up policies and regulations, training critical care specialists in assisted death, counselling centres for relatives, and separate euthanasia courts to deal with legal aspects of the act. Society, still, will be the major player deciding whether