James Bredin

Rookie (1933 / Ennis Canada)

Death With Dignity In Health Care - Poem by James Bredin

Death with dignity should be part of our health-care system now,
With graphic details etched on every gravestone somehow,
If we had binding referendums like the Swiss; it could be done,
Proud clear information passed from father to daughter and son.

We’re busy at the moment with government scandals all around,
And if Quebec gets death-with-dignity, we better all calm down,
Because our Supreme Court told Sue Rodriguez it can’t happen here,
Maybe it can happen and Quebec will show us us to have no fear.

Why does this issue cause so much turmoil in Canada now?
Is it the Sue Rodriguez decision that caused this somehow?
As she died slowly and painfully with Lou Gehrig’s disease,
In Canada this decision by appointees; did not appease.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, June 17, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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