Life should be cherished


Editor: This is my bit to that MAID (Medical Assistance In Dying) conversation a recent letter writer says we should have.

From her letter, I assume she believes when we die that is the end of us, no afterlife. However, there are some of us who believe differently. If the Bible really is true when Hebrews 9:27 says, “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” … we should be very careful about rushing anyone to that judgment, ourselves included.

In my short life, I have observed that when someone is nearing the end of their life they are dealing with spiritual matters. Often they cannot talk, but that doesn’t mean nothing is happening. This is a time to get things sorted out because once they face that judgment it is too late. Palliative care eases the physical problems, so their spiritual life can be dealt with.

No one has the right to send people off into the next life prematurely. That is God’s job; just leave him to it, whether you believe he exists or not. You could be right that there is no afterlife, but you could be wrong.

Ruthie Oltmann,



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