An excellent letter in the Chicago Tribune, published February 13, 2018, by Sharon Silverman, about her aunt and uncle, and her aunt's descent into dementia, and how her uncle finally chose not to treat her aunt's infection, so that she could die peacefully. Ms. Silverman concludes, "Alone together, he stroked her head. He held her [...]
It's not going anywhere in Ohio's very conservative legislature, but it's an important milestone nevertheless: an Oregon-style aid in dying bill has been introduced by courageous state senator Charleta B. Tavares, a Democrat representing the Columbus area. Aid in dying in Ohio is being promoted by our sister organization Ohio End of Life Options, led [...]
Ruth Von Fuchs of the Right To Die Society of Canada, has published a magnificently detailed history of the progress to establish medical aid in dying in Canada, in their December 2017 newsletter. Click here to read it online...
"Powerful, profound, moving and vitally important" are just a few of the words that are descriptive of this incredible eight-minute video by Final Options Illinois member Amanda Breeden, about her grandfather Grant McGuire, who took advantage of Oregon's aid in dying law to escape an agonizing end from pancreatic cancer. Don't miss! Click here to [...]
No Mercy: Our Health Care System Lacks Compassion Option. A powerful op-ed on the website Eco RI News, by the editor Frank Carini, published December 21, 2017. Describes the agony of his father's final 36 hours, dying from lung cancer: "He was given morphine to dull the pain and help his labored breathing. He was [...]
Year-End Treats, Not To Be Missed !!! An email to members and supporters of Final Options Illinois, published December 29, 2017, featuring the fascinating year-end video from Compassion & Choices, and indispensable articles by Compassion & Choices chief program officer Kim Callinan, Allow modern medicine to relieve agonizing end-of-life experiences, in thehill.com; People Should Have [...]
The Aid In Dying Movement is on a roll ! An email to members of Final Options Illinois, on December 18, 2017, with a link to our December newsletter.
A powerful and thoughtful piece, A Patient-Centered Response to Legalized Assisted Dying, by John Frye and Stuart J. Youngner, MD, in the prestigious journal Annals of Internal Medicine, on November 15, 2016. Calls on the medical community to engage with aid in dying, to drop opposition to it, and to serve as a resource for [...]
A vitally important article, A Call To The Palliative Care Community For A Patient-Centered Response to Medical Aid In Dying, by Compassion & Choices president Barbara Coombs Lee and chief program officer Kim Callinan, published in the prestigious journal Health Affairs, in March, 2017. "We routinely hear from people who praise their palliative care team [...]
A beautiful piece, People should have choices as their life is ending, in Mass Live, on December 26, 2017, by Kim Callinan, chief program officer for Compassion & Choices. Describing how "an enlightened generation of women" transformed the process of pregnancy and childbirth over the past few decades, she writes, "The pressure from women and [...]