Church leaders in Guernsey say they will not support assisted dying in the island.
In an open letter written to islanders they say "to assist in the death of another is essentially to assist in their suicide"'
They are now asking the States of Guernsey to focus on the care of vulnerable people, increase mental health provision and care for those with age related dementia.
They added: "As a community we need to celebrate and support all of life and not actively seek to terminate life".
The debate is due to be discussed in the States next month.