The weekend sun has melted the snow and is encouraging the green grass. Fish are swimming lazily around the large backyard koi pond at his Elgin home. And Ralph McFadden looks good and feels good. None of which is ideal for a serious column about the suburban Compassion & Choices group he's working with to pass a "medical aid in dying" law in Illinois. "For your interview, I really ought to be dying," McFadden, [...]
New Book Releases regarding the growing awareness of an unacceptable status quo for dying in America.
New Book Releases In January 2019, Compassion & Choices released Finish Strong: Putting Your Priorities First at Life’s End. Since then, Finish Strong has become a rallying call to the public to lead with their values concerning end-of-life healthcare decisions. In response to the many supporters who have asked for an audiobook version of Finish Strong, we have completed production and will be releasing soon. Audiobooks are an accessible and ever-growing way Americans enjoy reading. According [...]
D.C. resident Trisha White, while grateful to have legal access to medical aid in dying, knows that practical access is not as straightforward and wants to help change that. more at link: Storyteller Spotlight: Trisha White
Note from the CEO: Opening Hearts and Minds to Make Room for Change The great historian Carter G. Woodson believed understanding the past opens doors to the future. He created what is now Black History Month in 1926 to highlight the contributions his community was making to this country’s development and success. During a time when they were not even seen as human, acknowledging African Americans’ impact had a ripple effect. Not [...]
Momentum Builds in Maryland On January 28, 185 Marylanders stormed Annapolis and made a splash. Their message? THE TIME IS NOW to pass the Maryland End of Life Option Act. Supporters from Prince George’s County to Baltimore took to the offices of the House and Senate, and implored their legislators to pass this bill in 2020. Many supporters shared their personal stories of witnessing the death of a loved one or [...]
Leila Bell, an 85-year-old great grandmother in Vancouver, decided the circumstances of her death warranted one last act of advocacy. She told a handful of close friends, her psychologist and her doctor about her plan. Her long-time confidante Sarah Townsend made the arrangements. On 22 August 2019, six days before the day Bell was scheduled to die, a freelance photojournalist and an interviewer met Bell at Townsend’s home. Bell sat in an [...]