Talk about efficiency. Some enterprising Canadian funeral homes are offering their, er, customers, the option of one-stop death and mortuary services, renting out a room in which to be killed and then quickly prepared for final disposition. From the CBC story (first brought to my attention by Bioedge):
Wanting to meet a growing need, Needham began to offer rooms for rent at his funeral home where MAID procedures could take place.
Since early 2020, Needham has provided rooms for 23 medically assisted deaths. “Family members can be right there with their loved ones,” he said. “I suggest they can make it how they want it, bring some of your favourite music, bring flowers, bring some food or if you like, bring a bottle of wine. This is this person’s last day on Earth. You want to take everything into account and consider as many things as possible.”
Yes, watching grandma get killed, over a glass of Cabernet and some fine cheese. Perfect image for a culture of death:
Darcy Harris is a professor of thanatology — the study of death and dying — at King’s University College in London, Ont. She also worked as a hospice nurse earlier in her career. She says the trend makes sense.
“Funeral homes are usually very nicely appointed and the staff are service-orientated and are comfortable talking about death,” she said.
Euthanasia changes society at fundamental levels — and not for the better.