Death Without Dignity for Commercial Surrogacy: The Case of Baby M

“Dignity” is not a term that would apply to the first sense. One would hardly talk of the indignity heaped upon Shakespeare each year he carries on being dead, for example. The term might apply to the fourth sense if one were to say (in a quasi-existentialist way) that death is the indignity that makes life absurd, for example. But it is not clear what this would mean and it is obviously not the sense in which the term is usually applied in health care. Thus it would seem that the more common use of the phrase “death with dignity” attaches to the second and third senses of death. If this is so then we appear to mean dying with dignity when we use the phrase. This will be assumed in the rest of my discussion.

"This is a death without dignity," Hogan said.

Dedicated to establishing the basic human right to death with dignity -- here in Illinois!

Death With Dignity National Center

Tyler Davidson has just discovered his colleague, Hugh Disner, dead in the men's room of the building in which they both have offices at a second-tier state university. Tyler immediately becomes a suspect since he has a known history of disdain for Disner and is hounded throughout by a no-nonsense detective named Smockley. He complicates matters by starting a relationship with Disner's widow, Breda. Meanwhile, Tyler fears that he himself might the next murder victim. What develops is the unraveling of the mystery surrounding Disner's death, along with a study in paranoia, one which colors everything Tyler does, from teaching classes, to grading papers in his office or home, to attending committee meetings, and to promoting his novel called DAVIDSON'S HELL (a modernized version of Dante's "Inferno"). Interlaced is a humorous treatment of academia, including pretentious professors, feckless administrators, inept students, and silly traditions. DEATH WITHOUT DIGNITY is sure to keep you laughing while you feel all of Tyler's fear and suspense.

Witnessing death without dignity

In the conception of death with dignity outlined, the term “death” has been taken to apply to the process of dying, and the term “dignity” has been taken to apply roughly to someone who lives well (in the Aristotelian sense of living in accordance with reason). It follows from this that dignity is a function of someone’s personal qualities and that a death with dignity is a personal achievement; it is not something that can be conferred by others, such as health care professionals. By contrast, indignities are affronts to personal dignity. They are things that prevent or impede someone from living with dignity, mainly because they prevent him from taking an active, reasoned part in his own life. Health care professionals have a twin role here; the first is not to impose such indignities, the second is to minimise them, wherever possible

There are few things, if any, that I know to be worse than death without dignity.
In our own nation, we have seen the initial legislative efforts of "death with dignity" limited to the patient's free choice to withdraw truly medical methods of the preservation of life, such as ventilators, to legislation which permitted the patient to choose to withdraw food and water. This has progressed even further to legislative and judicial decisions allowing others to make that decision for the patient when the patient has not, and in many instances, cannot make that decision for himself.Coope goes on to ask whether there may be any more objective notion of death with dignity. He suggests that, in so far as there is, it is a disturbing one. In particular, it seems to be thought that being “ministered to as helpless” is undignified. Hence, the weak and the injured are subject to Nietzchian contempt for living lives beneath or without human dignity. He concludes that, whilst it might be possible to construct a satisfactory notion of death with dignity along these lines there seems to be no good reason to do so. Talk of death with dignity adds nothing to the discussion of how best to treat people who are dying, or living lives of poor quality.
Get more details from  under the topics “Stealth Euthanasia Warning” and “Death By Dehydration Is Death Without Dignity.”

Death with Dignity Act - Public Health Division Home

Get more details from under the topics ”Signs And Symptoms Of Approaching Death” and “Death By Dehydration Is Death Without Dignity” and from the following:

Those who defend

Death Without Dignity has 5 ratings and 2 reviews

More than half of Americans die in the hospital, stuck full of tubes and surrounded by machines; 1 in 5 dies in a nursing home. 75% of Americans die in a health care institution of some sort- even though most of us want to die at home surrounded by our loved ones. To me the real death with dignity is being able to honor, as much as possible, the person's wishes about dying. That might include physician assisted suicide and it might not, depending on the individual.

death WITHOUT dignity,...

Death Without Dignity - YouTube

We surely want autonomy in our decisions, and our physicians to be unbiased and not coercive. And who likes unnecessary suffering? Assisted suicide advocates may say that I do, because I stand against euthanasia. I can assure you that is not the case. I rather stand with the principles of Human Dignity. Of course, the Death with Dignity movement has tried to take dignity for its own, seemingly leaving me to defend “Death without Dignity,” which just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Fortunately, I am not; it is euthanasia that violates human dignity, and here is why.