Dignity at the End of Life: What’s Beneath the Assisted Dying Debate?
A Christian view of humanity at the end of life, by Andrew Grey. (2018)
Andrew Grey looks at how dignity is used and what it means and argues that it is an understanding of dignity as being loved and valued.
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In spite of Parliament’s emphatic rejection of a “right to die” bill in 2015, the issue of assisted dying remains a live one, with pressure groups and court cases regularly making the news.
For all that divides the different sides in this debate, they agree on one thing: the need for people to die with dignity. But this provokes a question: how can they both be right? How can opposite positions both favour the same things? What does dignity even mean?
Drawing on his new Theos report on the topic, Andrew Grey looks at how dignity is used and what it means and argues that it is an understanding of dignity as being loved and valued, rather than simply having control, that best serves the dying, those who matter to them, and the society in which they live.
Andrew Grey studied Theology and Christian Ethics at the University of Oxford. He works in the voluntary sector on life–limiting conditions.
6.30pm for drinks reception; 7pm lecture, followed by Q&A. Please do not arrive before 6.25pm.
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