professional to open up communication for them with their loved ones or family - there‘s nearly always another question behind the question.”
Britain also has a strong tradition of hospices - special hospitals which care only for the dying and their special needs. Cicely Saunders， President of the National Hospice Council and a founder member of the hospice movement， argues that euthanasia doesn‘t take into account that there are ways of caring for the dying. She is also concerned that allowing euthanasia would undermine the need for care and consideration of a wide range of people： “It’s very easy in society now for the elderly， the disabled and the dependent to feel that they are burdens， and therefore that they ought to opt out. I think that anything that legally allows the shortening of life does make those people more vulnerable.
Many find this prohibition of an individual‘s right to die paternalistic. Although they agree that life is important and should be respected， they feel that the quality of life should not be ignored. Dr. van Oijen believes that people have the fundamental right to choose for themselves if they want to die： “What those people who oppose euthanasia are telling me is that dying people haven’t the right. And that when people are very ill， we are all afraid of their death. But there are situations where death is a friend. And in those cases， why not?”
But “why not?” is a question which might cause strong emotion. The film showing Cees van Wendel‘s death was both moving and sensitive. His doctor was clearly a family friend; his wife had only her husband’s interests at heart. Some， however， would argue that it would be dangerous to use this particular example to support the case for euthanasia. Not all patients would receive such a high level of individual care and attention.