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Difficulties experienced by the family in the challenges of euthanasia – hopes and illusions
 
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University of Zielona Góra, Poland
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Krzysztof Andrzej Zajdel   

University of Zielona Góra, Poland
 
Med Og Nauk Zdr. 2020;26(1):48–53
 
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Objectives:
In the face of inevitably approaching death as well as in the face of changes characteristic for old age which affect the quality of everyday life, older people (sometimes in their full strength) are forced to deal with the developmental crisis. This may lead to thinking about euthanasia, about a worthy departure, without suffering, in the family environment. Whether the family will meet these expectations is another issue, but also a challenge for the law. In this context, it is important how man and his family cope with this great challenge of reconciling themselves to the end of earthly existence and how much they can cope with in order to overcome the developmental crisis of death in a mature and ethical way. The aim of my work was to find an answer: how will we behave in the situation of the challenge of our own death, of the passing away of our loved ones.

Material and methods:
The material was tested on a small sample of 140 individuals with family and children. They were examined with a questionnaire, conclusions were drawn from the declarations of the respondents, without correlation.

Results:
The results may come as a surprise. We think differently about our own going away, and differently about the going away of others. The „possible“ are also an important issue. (hypothetical) decisions in this respect

Conclusions:
The conclusions are multithreaded: they refer to us as people who may be leaving, as well as to our views on the leaving of the closest domestic animals.

 
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