I think education about what hospice really does is sorely lacking. It is amazing how many people think that either a)nothing, and I mean nothing
, is done to relieve the dying patient's suffering or b) that hospice nurses euthanize the dying patient. On that note, I also think people are largely unaware of what actually happens to the patient during a code. I know that when my mother was dying, I let them code her three times (I had to handle everything by phone, and I had no nursing school
experience at that time) before a different nurse got on the phone with me and leveled with me; I am so thankful for her.
In both cases, education is vital! That said, to answer the OPs question, I am opposed to euthanasia. I probably would fit Be_Moore's definition of "religious fanatic;" however, I have no fear of death or separation, but rather, my belief is that God is the author of life and of death. Most of my religious fanatic friends believe similarly.