curious... dont they have suspended animation, couldnt his dad have been put in stasis?
Stasis is almost never used in Star trek, simply to keep a patient alive, until a cure can be found.
Well, you're essentially saying "no one has to die, we just keep 'em on ice".
Didn't they do that in the TNG episode "The Neutral Zone"? I think most people would accept when their time has come, even if the "fad"/possibility of cryogenic freezing was available.