Thursday, 27 February 2014

French film star Emmanuelle Béart speaks out against euthanasia

French film actress, Emmanuelle Béart who has appeared in more than 60 films, including the Mission Impossible franchise, speaks about her attitude to death and dying:

This article from the Quebec website of Vivre dans la Dignite

French actress Emmanuelle Béart explains how her outlook has changed on the end of life as a result of her role in the film " My companion at night . " She played the role of Julia, a woman suffering from advanced cancer, who chooses to live the rest of his life at home.

In this interview, Ms. Béart argues that instead of speaking of euthanasia, we should ensure access to palliative care. It states:
"How to help the one who leaves to stay alive until the end? Maybe trying to find him another meaning to life, to taste other forms of pleasure? A ray of sunshine, a glass of wine, a simple look become important. Or a final meeting to reconcile with someone you love ... Me, that question interested me more than euthanasia. "
Emmanuelle Béart tells how she accompanied her grandmother, who died of cancer during his last days. They sometimes found themselves very lonely in the face system failures and a serious lack of resources.

For her, it became clear during his preparation for the filming how patient demands evolve with the passing of time. Thus, the expression of desire for death is often a request for help, and when such assistance is available to support life, patients do not require death.
"Some are tired, they claim to be helped to die. But when offers to accompany them when supports their physical pain and psychological suffering, when accompanying their family, as also for the journey is very hard, the demand for death often ceases. "


  1. "instead of speaking of euthanasia, we should ensure access to palliative care".
    In Australia we have the latter, and it is of good quality, readily available, and free of charge. Nevertheless there is a demand in Australia for voluntary euthanasia. It is not a huge demand, but because it is there, and we live in a society that aspires to individual freedom, we should not ignore the needs those few who may desperately require it. To ignore those people is inhumane.

    1. Nic, yes, our PC is amongst the best there is - but it is still not universally available to all Aussies. Freedom is not an absolute Nic. It ends precisely at the point where someone else's freedoms are threatened or compromised. It must. Otherwise we'd have anarchy & that's why we can't have euthanasia.