There have been many recent news stories regarding the idea of “death with dignity.” Many of you may have heard of Brittany Maynard, a woman with terminal cancer who decided to take her life last Saturday, November 1st.
When Jenna and Dan found out that they were pregnant, there was much rejoicing. This baby was to be brought up in a loving home with both mom and dad who loved him. The joyous news, however, was cut short, when their baby was diagnosed with anencephaly. Anencephaly is a disorder in which a baby is born without some or all of the brain. In almost every case, parents are warned by their obstetrician to abort their baby, because he or she will suffer greatly in the short amount of time that they are alive. Jenna and Dan, however, took a different approach.
Realizing how short Shane’s life would be, Jenna and Dan set out to make every moment count, starting with life inside the womb. They compiled a bucket list for Shane, and meticulously checked every item off of the list. When it was time for Shane to be born, he had visited New York City, been to many museums and attended many baseball games. On October 9th, Shane was born, and was held and loved by his parents for 4 hours before passing away peacefully.
Some would say that Shane’s death was not dignified, as he and his parents experienced suffering and discomfort throughout the process. The effect of his life, however, proves that Shane did not die in vain.