Creative Writing – Losing a Friend Hurts

CREATIVE WRITING

Text Idea: Emma and her best friend Alanah were in a tragic car crash with kills Alanah. Emma is left without her best friend. She finds it hard to cope with the tricks her own mind is playing on her.

Text Type: Creative Writing

Purpose: To draw emotion from the reader around the events and characters.

Title: Losing a Friend Hurts

Losing a Friend Hurts

I lie here in the hospital bed, it’s just Alanah and me. Running, swimming, cycling, skating. Laughing, playing, messing about together, ever since forever began. Except forever’s finished. Alanah’s not here anymore. It’s just me.

I’m in a timeless zone where a swirling darkness fiercely pulls me this way and that. All I am left with are shadows of Alanah running circles in my mind and crisp white patches plastered over my injured eyes. This morning a car accident killed my best friend and left me here to listen painfully as the deafening ring of the hospital, buzzes around my head leaving me no space to cry.

All I remember is my face cut and bleeding. Whispers would slice into my brain like a sharp silver knife. Glass sparkled while lying scattered over the ground. Long pale shards violently ripped the sun’s light away from me. The blood dripped from my eyes, sliding through my fingers, as Alanah lifelessly slumped beside me.

I effortlessly swim in the darkness of my head. Alanah’s laughter an echo. Long slow strokes, the water is warm. It tastes like salty tears. You can’t catch me. Emma can’t catch a flea. The sound of Alanah’s voice floats me to the surface, I feel my eyes still covered and a row of rough, neat stitches down one side of my face.

“Emma, are you awake?” Inside I feel broken, bruised and battered. I don’t want to talk.

“Emma.” The softness of Mum’s voice, her gentle hands, and the sweet smell of her rose perfume brings me out of the danger of my own mind.

“She’s dead, isn’t she?” I asked.

No reply. Every time I asked about Alanah, no one tells me the truth. They would tell me how bits of glass had been taken from my eyes. Dad had told me they’d caught the person who caused the accident.

“Isn’t she?”  Apart of me already knows the answer. I just need to hear it said out loud. So that it could fully sink in.

“Mum? Dad?” Inside I want to scream. I want to be as far away from here as possible. Far from reality. Somewhere I can see Alanah.

“Yes,” Dad’s voice cut through the deathly silence.

You will never catch me, Emma. She can’t be dead, she’s right there. I can hear her voice and see her smiling face.

I feel myself rapidly slip into the darkness of my own mind again. I am no longer there. The voices in the room whisper as though they are shadows lost in the night, coming and going. Who are you, Emma? Where have you gone? You are lost. 

A tight uncomfortable feeling of loneliness hit me that night as I lay alone in my unbearable hospital bed. The overwhelming sense of a horrific emptiness hung around me like a bad smell, leaving me feeling alone and confused. I was powerless. I had lost my best friend, someone I loved. Now I began to lose myself within my own mind.

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Formal Writing – Euthanasia

Text Idea: The discussion of euthanasia. Why should it be illegal?

Text Type: Formal Writing

Purpose: To inform the reader how euthanasia and how it could be a good option for some people suffering through terminal illnesses.

Title: Euthanasia

Euthanasia

Euthanasia is a subject typically avoided by most people. It is a subject known to have two very distinct sides. Euthanasia is the termination of a very sick person’s life in order to relieve them of their suffering. Many argue that we do possess the right to end our own lives, however watching loved ones suffer is distressing and dying by choice is a very personal decision. Consider yourself diagnosed with a terminal illness, possibly painfully suffering towards the end of your life, this would be a source of distress the people closest to you while making you miserable. Who would want to put their loved ones and themselves through that? Why allow the pain to continue? Life is meant to be enjoyable, not something that must go on even if it brings the worst pain to you and those closest to you. Why do we prolong the suffering of those who can not get better?

Death and euthanasia should not be compared. Death is inevitable, not a choice when someone is terminally ill. Euthanasia is a choice some may opt to take, to end the pain. Those that would consider euthanasia want to end the suffering. They would rather die peacefully rather than have another few tragic days unable to properly live life. Is it not rather selfish of us to deny someone peace while we watch them in agony? These people will not get relief from this pain they are put through.

The majority of arguments are opposed to euthanasia, they claim that humans do not have the right to end another human life. It is often said that it eliminates the chance for an individual to recover, shortening their life. However acts of man kill thousands of animals each day, ranging from unconsidered slaughter to forceful euthanasia. Generally those patients that would consider euthanasia want to end the suffering caused by a fatal terminal illness. All evident points are inferred towards death, it is not possible for the ill patient to simply recover. Countries that euthanasia is legal in have strict requirements and rules regarding the patients’ physical wellbeing and state of mind for if the patient requests euthanasia. It would not be possible for someone with the flu to be euthanised, only those who have no chance of recovery. It is often argued that patients being euthanised could have gone on to live for another year or so. This is not likely the case as in 1991, a Dutch report on euthanasia showed that 86 percent of cases, euthanasia only shortened lives by a maximum of a week, often only a few hours. This shows that euthanasia would not be a legal suicide, but an escape from unbearable agony for patients instead of enduring this pain for another few days.

We are all individuals, our decision to control our own death is a very personal. Why should people be forced to suffer through the most painful and miserable parts of their life? Your own death should not be determined by the government. Terminally ill patients are being stripped away from their freedom of choice, just to extend their life by a possible few days. What I believe is that your life is your own, from the day you were born to the day you pass on. You are the person who could be in critical condition, simply holding up while the agony deteriorates. Why prolong the life of one in agony who recognises their perishability and consents to be euthanised? This suffering is not only affecting the patient but their family and friends as well. There is nothing they can do but watch their loved one slowly deteriorate. It is common for people to suffer from pain towards the end of their lives. However in extreme cases patients should be allowed to request euthanasia. The majority of us in this position would prefer to end the pain, however, this is hard to do ourselves. Instead, we must agonise until such time as we pass.

Watching someone you love, sick beyond help is traumatic. At the point when individuals consider euthanasia they only appraise the torment and wellbeing of the patient. However, the friends and families of those suffering are affected as well. Recently Lecretia Seales a brain cancer patient has been in the news. She wanted to be able to choose to die at a time and manner of her own choosing, with the assistance of a physician. Euthanasia would have eased the suffering of family member’s. Lecretia’s brain cancer growth was unpredictable, there was a large risk she would suffer before she died under conditions unbearable to her. She had a condition which prevented her ability to live at home and took away her quality of life. Instead of been heavily medicated, continuing to rapidly decline in health she wanted to be granted the choice to be euthanised in her own home surrounded her family. Her family would not have to witness her decline, suffer with her through her pain. In their mind’s they would always be able to see her as a brave, strong woman. Shown in a recent case study the average percent of terminally ill patients, who will die in pain is 55%. Would you like these odds if it was you or a loved one in the same situation?Euthanasia D right or wrong answer, it is strongly opinionated, a topic which should be fully discussed. It should be seen as a symbol of choice rather than a legal suicide, we should honour their last choice to end the incurable pain. After all, we claim the entitlement to end an animal’s life without the slightest hesitation. Why do we abstain from the thought of giving individuals at death’s door a simpler passing, relieving them from the pain and suffering surrounded by friends and family? We all realise that diminishing in agony is something very real for some individuals, why are we extending this torment?

Euthanasia does not have a right or wrong answer, it is purely based on individual opinion, a topic which should be fully discussed. It should be seen as a symbol of choice rather than a legal suicide, we should honour their last choice to end the incurable pain. After all, we claim the entitlement to end an animal’s life without the slightest hesitation. Why do we abstain from the thought of giving individuals at death’s door a simpler passing, relieving them from the pain and suffering surrounded by friends and family? We all realise that diminishing in agony is something very real for some individuals, why are we extending this torment?

Bibliography

http://listverse.com/2013/09/12/10-arguments-for-legalising-euthanasia/

http://www.statisticbrain.com/euthanasia-statistics/

http://lecretia.org