The Herald Tribune chronicles Dorothy Conlon’s “final journey” commemorating her 86-year life and celebrating her choice to end it. Conlon enjoyed a long and fruitful life in which she traveled the world, married, and had children, didn’t suffer from any health problems and wasn’t in any physical pain. She was simply, as she said, “done.”
Her life ended on July 30th after 16 days refusing food and water. With all her family members already gone, she had few mourners. But her story has rallied those who believe suicide should be easy and legally assisted.
But should anyone—suffering or not—get to choose when they die, and involve others in the process? The answer rests on what we believe life is for, and whether we think we can turn in our resignation at any time.
In the Christian view, of course, life is not our choice or property, and neither is death. And accepting suicide will take us places even an unbeliever will describe as “playing God.” I’m John Stonestreet.