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Saturday, May 27, 2017

End-of-life stories

The New York Times online edition has a regular section in which it talks about things going on in Canada. Recently their Canada Today column featured a story about assisted dying. In it, the reporter talked to three Canadian individuals who were choosing a medically-assisted death, Click here to see the story.

Legal medically-assisted death is still pretty new to our country, and I found it fascinating to read the accounts of people who are choosing it, why they chose it, and what they are doing in the time leading up to their scheduled death. How are they handling it? How are their families handling it?

Like everyone else, I want to know whether we as a country made a good choice.

At the end of the story are readers' comments, some from people who wish that assisted dying had been available for a loved one who suffered greatly. And by the way, they are looking for more stories from Canadians about their experience when a family member chooses - or decides not to choose - medically-assisted dying, if you have a tale to share.

The article is informative, compassionate, and respectful, and I recommend it.

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