For many years I have been saying that the problem that is leading society towards demanding euthanasia is the fear of dying alone and feeling abandoned in one's time of need.
The feeling of loneliness and abandonment often leads to further feelings of hopelessness and depression.
According to a recent study by the British euthanasia lobby group Dying in Dignity, 32% of British people who were surveyed (2,246 adults) stated that their greatest fear about dying was being alone.
Why is it that the fear of dying alone is precipitating an interest in euthanasia or assisted suicide?
I am convinced that a caring culture is the antidote to a culture of death. People need to care for the other, to journey with, or "be with" the other in their time of need.
When people feel alone and lonely they often become depressed and vulnerable. These people need to be supported and protected, not offered death.
The Dying in Dignity study should concern us that if euthanasia were legal that people might be killed because they felt abandoned and alone with no reason to live.
We need to become a caring society that care for people, and not kill them.
See article Dying alone 'greatest fear' - poll