Alison Watson, Colin Brewer, an anonymous reader and Gillian Draper respond to Caroline Fraser’s article about the agonising death of her Christian Scientist father and to debates on assisted dying

Caroline Fraser brings good news that Christian Science is in terminal decline, here of course as well as in the US (Dying the Christian Science way: the horror of my father’s last days, 6 August). One aspect that she doesn’t mention is the lifelong effects of early religious inculcation.

Asking for medical help when you have been brought up to believe that this is a failure to recognise the “truth” (even if you know how to when you have never had a doctor) creates deep feelings of guilt and betrayal even after years of apparent intellectual separation from the church’s teaching.

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