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Citation

Lester D. Death Stud. 2006; 30(6): 555-560.

Affiliation

Department of Psychology, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, P.O. Box 195, Jim Leeds Rd., Pomona, NJ 08240-0195, USA. lesterd@stockton.edu

Comment On:

Death Stud 2006;30(6):539-53

Copyright

(Copyright © 2006, Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

16773775

Abstract

The commentaries by Feldman and Leenaars are less than persuasive, insofar as they are grounded in an arbitrary and potentially inappropriate advocacy of communal rather than individual values; in unproven assumptions about the constricted and illogical reasoning of suicidal persons; in an implicit equation of their acts with "sins"; and/or in a failure to recognize that the acceptance of suicide can sometimes be a compassionate response to intolerable "psychache." In contrast, I continue to assert that it is unfair to impose restrictions and moral judgments on death-choices when they are not imposed upon life-choices that also carry the risk of emotional harm to others.


Language: en

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