Another Side of Suicide: The Strange History of Punishing the Deceased – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Another Side of Suicide: The Strange History of Punishing the Deceased

by Rosaliene Bacchus

 Click to visit the original postMy blogger friend, Dr. Gerald Stein, has posted an interesting summary on the strange history of suicide. Despite religious and other prohibitions to what was once termed “self-murder”, those who sought to end their lives found a way.

  • Would you talk to a casual acquaintance about suicide? Probably not. Such weighty conversations most often occur with someone intimate  — a therapist or close friend. Without such discussion, full knowledge of suicide becomes difficult. Moreover, even those who understand the psychology of suicide are unlikely to know its history. They are unaware, for example, that suicide victims in Europe during the Middle Ages were often punished for the act of self murder.  

Read more… 717 more words  – Reblogged from Dr. Gerald Stein – Blogging About Psychotherapy from Chicago:


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  • De castro  On 04/12/2016 at 5:06 am

    “Self murder” ..what was punishment
    ? Incarceration before or after the
    exit ?
    Simplify please ?
    Suicide is now legalised in Switzerland
    where the terminally ill Brits go to exit
    the planet to avoid/evade taxes after
    death. In uk it is still “illegal”…
    Some are lobbying to have it legalised
    in UK….It costs over £40.000 to have
    the it done in Switzerland.
    But is recoverable in the tax saving
    alone. Get the drift…

    To take the discussion a step further
    …in UK if sentanced to Life imprisonment the judge decides
    if life means life until exit.
    Some argue that if the murderer
    wishes to be executed the choice
    should be respected.
    Most murderers doing life will attempt
    suicide while incarserated.
    Should authorities turn a blind eye
    to these attempts?
    More questions than answers.
    More recently in USA a lethal
    injection was administered on
    a murderer who was diagnosed
    as an imbercile…
    Que sera

  • Albert  On 04/12/2016 at 11:00 am

    I saw the whole episode in Switzerland played out on TV. It’s a realistic way to go but 40,000 pounds is too much. Euthanasia and suicide is illegal (except in one US state) because it rob the doctors of customers. I think its Oregon where Euthanasia is allowed, provided qualified doctors confirm that the patient is terminally ill. Some state residency may be required but it seem cheaper than Switzerland.
    If more US States allow it many of us older folks may go that route rather than go through prolong suffering.

  • Albert  On 04/12/2016 at 11:22 am

    Just look up a part of the Oregon law and it said: ” ……Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), enacted in late 1997, allows terminally ill
    adult Oregonians to obtain and use prescriptions from their physicians for self administered,lethal doses of medications”.

    This is better than I thought. You go home and put your stuff in a glass of beer, or Johnny Walker if preferred, and bow out happy.

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