This book examines the reactions of the friends and family of those who elect to die due to terminal illness. These surviving spouses, partners, relatives and friends, in addition to coping with the death of a loved one, must also deal with the loved one's decision to die, thus severing the relationship. C. G. Prado examines how reactions to elective death are influenced by cultural influences and beliefs, particularly those related to life, death and the possibility of an afterlife. Understanding the role of these cultural influences on the grieving processes of survivors is a crucial step in allowing them to accept both intellectually and emotionally the finality of elective death and to deal with the decision of their loved one.
C. G. Prado is professor emeritus of philosophy at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. His most recent publications are Starting with Descartes (2009), Foucault's Legacy (2009), Choosing to Die: Elective Death and Multiculturalism (2008) and Searle and Foucault on Truth (2006).
Preface: emotions, feelings, and thoughts Wesley Boston; 1. Laying the groundwork; 2. Feelings: their influences and control; 3. Culture's elusive role; 4. Revising the criterion for rational elective death; 5. Two philosophical challenges; 6. Survivors' responses; 7. Accepting finality; Appendix: belief in an afterlife.