A Better Way To Care For The Dying

With advances in modern medicine people are living longer. The Economist article states

“People in rich countries can spend eight to ten years seriously ill at the end of life”.

Also 3/5 of current deaths come “after years of relapse and recovery.” What this brings to the current status quo is unnecessary pain and suffering for many elderly individuals and their families who do not have an end-of-life care plan.… Read More

Death By Design

More people than ever are choosing to be cremated, yet crematoriums are often grim places.”

In America and Europe, the decision and demand to be cremated is growing faster than what the crematoriums are capable of handling. Yet everyone wants to have proper ceremony and decorum surrounding the death of a loved one. Dominic Nicholls writes the story of architects attempting to provide a suitable space where people can remember their loved ones after choosing to be cremated.“…Death is a part of life.… Read More

What are our choices? How can we educate ourselves and face these choices?

Last Sunday, June 11, 2017, I spoke at our local Village Books bookstore in Bellingham. We had a good turnout, about seventy people. What strikes me is that people are truly eager to have information about end of life choices. When I present publicly, I use my personal story as a launching platform, and it does have to do with VSED, Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking.… Read More

Choosing To Die Excerpt Part IV

My recently published book, Choosing to Die, is the first personal story ever written about Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED). I am continuing to share excerpts from the Foreword, written by Dr. Timothy Quill, a well known palliative care doctor who is a leader in end of life issues. In much of 2015 and 2016, we both helped to organize, and speak at, the first national conference on VSED which was held at Seattle University in October 2016.… Read More

Foreword Excerpt Part III

My recently published book, Choosing to Die, is the first personal story ever written about Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED). I am continuing to share excerpts from the Foreword, written by Dr. Timothy Quill, a well known palliative care doctor who is a leader in end of life issues. In much of 2015 and 2016, we both helped to organize, and speak at, the first national conference on VSED which was held at Seattle University in October 2016.
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Foreword Excerpt Part II from Choosing to Die

My recently published book, Choosing to Die, is the first personal story ever written about Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED). I am continuing to share excerpts from the Foreword, written by Dr. Timothy Quill, a well known palliative care doctor who is a leader in end of life issues. In much of 2015 and 2016, we both helped to organize, and speak at, the first national conference on VSED which was held at Seattle University in October 2016.Read More

Excerpts from the Choosing to Die Foreward

My recently published book, Choosing to Die, is the first personal story ever written about Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED). For the next few weeks, I will be sharing excerpts from the Foreword. It is written by Dr. Timothy Quill, a well known palliative care doctor who is a leader in end of life issues.… Read More

Prolonging Death is Not Extending Life

 

Death isn’t a four-letter word, and doctors need to learn that.

 

This article brings up a critical issue: Medicare will pay for hugely expensive medical procedures at the end of life, but it will not pay for twenty-four hour home care. Most people would rather be a home when they die, but many people also require good and skilled comfort care.… Read More

Quality of Life Versus Length of Life

This study from the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management discusses patients who undergo life-sustaining procedures at the end of life. It turns out that this creates more stress for their loved ones.

One of the ways we can show our love to our family is by having a clear Health Directive that is witnessed and notarized.… Read More

Choosing The Best Quality of Death

In this article, you’ll read that Jerome Medalie has an advance directive stating that he wants to be able to have his health agent make certain that he is not fed when he can no longer feed himself. It’s unfortunate, but it’s very unclear as to whether this will be upheld in the future based on someone’s Health Directive that is written in the past when they are mentally competent.… Read More