A friend of mine called his longtime veterinarian to ask about hastening death. The veterinarian confided that he used to worry about the morality of euthanizing animals, and so he asked his Episcopal priest, “Is God okay with me taking life this way?” The priest told him that he was responsible for protecting life and that also meant protecting life from suffering. That, and 30 years of fervent thank-you notes from his patients’ families, eased his mind. And then the veterinarian watched his mother’s slow and painful death, and all he kept thinking was, “I would never let one of my patients suffer like this.”


A Veterinarian On The End Of Life

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