Year: 1997 Source: Journal of Medical Humanities, v.18, no.1, (1997), p.21-28 SIEC No: 20021392

In this paper the author argues that a narrative approach to understanding assisted suicide has been compromised by the notion that all narratives cannot seem to cohere or be both coherent & unified. He questions what society is to do with those narratives that cannot seem to cohere or be other than full of disunity, & whether suicide is the only way to make meaning out of suffering. He then proposes that the narrative found in the Gospel of Mark can lead Christians to a life in hope & compassion in spite of apparent incoherence & disunity & threats of abandonment & suffering. (10 refs)