Berlin - The (BÄK) spoke out against the suppression of the topic of dying as part of the “Week for Life”. The week of action organized by the two churches in Germany has the motto “To die in dignity. Lord, in your hands ".
" The subject of dying is part of life, it must not be suppressed or excluded, but belongs to the center of society. It is therefore good that we are dealing with the question of dignified dying together, ”said BÄK President Frank Ulrich Montgomery. He welcomed the fact that the churches had initiated broad exchange of views on the topic of “dying in dignity” during the week for life.
doctors experienced in their daily work the worries and needs of seriously ill and dying people and worked to enable these people to die under dignified conditions. “A broad social discussion about the taboo topic of death will sharpen the view for the diverse possibilities of palliative medicine and thus ultimately help to prevent the dying from having to die social death before their physical death,” said Montgomery.
Die Both churches have spoken out against assisted suicide at the opening of their “Week of Life”. The chairman of the, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, spoke of “indictment of society in which the possibility of suicide becomes just another option among many: nursing home, hospital, suicide”. Society should not accept that the desire for faster death arises because people feel they have been left alone to die, warned Marx.
The Chairman of the Council of the (EKD), Regional Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm emphasized in To be allowed to die does not mean "having all options to be able to kill yourself at any time". Rather, what is needed is “culture of dying” in Germany “that is no longer guided by fear”. He called for sufficient funding for care and palliative support.