Planning a Compassionate Death
May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Please join us for a fascinating and informative presentation and discussion.
This event will feature Jeremy Topin, M.D., a famous Chicago-area physician who writes extensively on end-of-life issues; Eileen Considine-Boggins, from the prominent Chicago-area hospice and palliative care institution JourneyCare, and Amy Sherman, Regional Campaign Manager for Compassion & Choices.
It’s all about having a peaceful death, a death in which suffering is minimized, a death which is truly compassionate. Ms. Considine-Boggins will discuss palliative care and hospice, and Ms. Sherman will talk about medical aid in dying. Dr. Topin will bring it all together, speaking about his experiences as a physician in end of life situations with patients and family members.
Check out Dr. Topin’s entry at Northwest Pulmonary Associates, his webpage and blog at https://jtopinmd.com/ and his writings on the famous webpage KevinMD.com at https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/jeremy-topin.
In particular, check out two of Dr. Topin’s columns in the Washington Post, “I Saved An Old Man’s Life — He Didn’t Want it”, published July 29, 2017, and “My Patient Was 25 Years Old And I Knew She Was Dying. How Could I Tell Her?”, published May 13, 2017. These columns highlight a really important truth about end of life decision making: we try to make the right decisions as to which medical treatments to have and which to skip, but these are rarely easy decisions and often extremely difficult.
JourneyCare’s website at https://journeycare.org/ is also highly recommended.
Ms. Sherman will be speaking on behalf of the Illinois End of Life Options Coalition, a project of the national group Compassion & Choices, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, and Final Options Illinois.
Sponsored by the Northbrook Public Library and the Northbrook YMCA. Admission free, please come on out for what is sure to be a vitally important discussion.