Sue McKeown: Being Loved is Useful Enough

Mr. Church’s illness broke my heart. But the second saddest thing was when he said that he was “useless”. Why didn’t his family refute his very faulty reasoning? (Perhaps they tried and Ms. McKenzie didn’t include that in her article.) Of course, he was not useless. He was loved and loving. That is “useful” enough. Our value to each other or to society other does not consist of our physical or cognitive capabilities. Being a member of the human family is all that it takes.

The saddest thing was that Mr. Church chose to take his own life. I pray for a day where the best palliative care and our values as a society will make this unthinkable.

Sue McKeown
Gahanna, Ohio


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