When a person has been diagnosed with an incurable disease, it is like the whole family suffering from the same illness. The reason is that all the members of the family are required to support the patient and therefore they also lived through the same experience along with the patient. As a result, in such cases it may be preferred to go for euthanasia and reduce the time of suffering for the patient as well as the family. The treatment of an incurable disease is long and expensive. However the family is only wasting its money on making a longer but painful life for the patient. For example in case of cancer, the treatment is expensive and at the same time, the illness has terrible side effects (Beauchamp 437). There are some persons who oppose euthanasia as they consider it to be a murder. However in reality, in some cases euthanasia could be a better option, as it may be the shortest way to die, when a person is aware of the fact that he or she is going to die. In this way, there are several reasons due to which euthanasia may be accepted as the best option available to the patient as well as the family.
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