Pastoral Care and Euthanasia Many in pastoral care are faced with the dilemma of euthanasia. Although banned in many states, the right to die movement is a powerful one. This movement, however, is far from pastoral. It may paint images of taking someone out of their misery with compassion or ironically tying the words “mercy” and “killing” together, but if one looks beyond this, one will find nothing pastoral regarding euthanasia. Euthansia is murder. It is that simple and those who seek to bring Christ to the dying and wish to represent a pastoral element can never condone it. Euthanais is suicide of despair. It is the
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