In the middle of this course, we watched a documentary called The Suicide Tourist. This movie made me think about something that I had ever thought about before. At first, I thought about what a crazy idea this was and that people would never go through with such an extreme thing, but after watching this film I thought differently.
It is a crazy thought that people who are sick can travel to another country in the world other than the United States and choose to end their lives. This is something that I have thought about more than I wish since watching this film. I feel that the way they showed the couple and the husbands decision to end his life was portrayed well. They didn’t attack any of the parties, everyone was equally represented. By this I mean the company that provides the medication that causes death and the people that decide to take their lives are both portrayed well. No one party is attacked or shown in a bad light.
Two things really hit home with me however. The first being that the daughter talks about how her father didn’t want his children to be there and just talking about his decision to do this. The other thing was how his wife handled the whole situation. I do not think I could have handled this situation with such clarity and peace. I would have been an emotional wreak, whether I was the wife or the daughter in this situation. I do understand that the man was suffering and did not want to lose his dignity any further, but when he made this decision, he effected many people in his life. I am an only child and extremely close to my father. If something happened to my father and he made a decision such as this, I honestly do not know how I would respond. I think that this is a main reason why I have thought about this film so much.