even those who have grave worries about the slippery slope concede that consensual euthanasia for terminal illness can be a beautiful thing, and that the principle of death at a time of one’s choosing can fit into a framework of care the question for any country contemplating euthanasia legislation is whether the practice must inevitably expand – in which case, as agnes van der heide recognises, death will eventually “get a different meaning, be appreciated differently” in the netherlands many people would argue that – for all the current wobbles – that process is now irreversible