My younger brother David is seriously ill with lung cancer. He is at home waiting for the end.
The hospital was unable to help him any more. They did cut out the cancer in his throat but it had spread to both lungs. He was sent home, along with a hospital bed and other equipment, to be tended by his partner Margaret and the palliative care team.
My hope is that his pain and suffering will be mercifully short-lived.
David is 72, about eight years younger than I.
My dear brother Geoff died five years ago, again of cancer.
My youngest brother Michael died aged 45, of a severe brain haemorrhage, thankfully swiftly with no lingering pain.
We humans generally take pity on our animal friends and pets and don't allow them to linger on in hopelessness and pain. Why do we not afford human animals the same privilege?
I do not know. Do you?