Two Fallacies of Dying (a response to: Principles Behind Proper Medical Ethics)

Posted by on Jul 6, 2006 in Medical Discoveries and Medical Ethics

Regarding dying, there are two desperately hung onto fallacies, now exposed by science:

1]  When you die, it is like falling asleep.  You become unconscious or oblivious.  Not so.  The almost universal reaction of those who have had a near death experience [NDE] is that you wake up when you die.  Suddenly you become very aware.  The experiences are seldom forgotten and are usually life changing.

2] With the help of medication, friends etc. you can have a peaceful, nearly painless death, [euthanasia]  Not so. A study on palliative care found that on autopsy, there were high levels of catecholamines in the blood, regardless of the amount or type of medication.  At the moment of death, people were terrified and that terror resulted in high levels of adrenalin etc.  The study I read did not consider any possible differences in people who were religious or Christian.

     If you put these 2 findings together, you would have to conclude that dying isn’t easy because people [at least most people] suddenly wake up to where they are going.