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Sean Davison: Nelson Mandela May Not Be Aware Of It But He Has Got Us Talking About Death

Before We Say GoodbyeAfter We Said GoodbyeSean Davison, founder of DignitySA and author of Before We Say Goodbye: Helping my mother die and After We Said Goodbye, has written an article for Ground Up about how Nelson Mandela’s long illness has opened up a conversation about death.

Davison writes that “As President of the country he appointed the South African Law Commission to write a report on end-of life issues, and it was Nelson Mandela himself who tabled this in parliament”, saying that he must have recognised the need for a discussion on this issue. He describes how people come to him with stories of their parents or grandparents begging to die and tells his own story, of how his mother tried to starve herself to death unsuccessfully:

Nelson Mandela may not be aware of it but he has got us talking about death; something we have never had the courage to do before. This is certainly a discussion he wanted us to have. As President of the country he appointed the South African Law Commission to write a report on end-of life issues, and it was Nelson Mandela himself who tabled this in parliament.

It is reasonable to deduce that he either supported the recommendations of the report or at the very least recognised the need for a discussion on this very complex moral issue.

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