A Doctor Assisted Death in My Community 

This is one of the most incredible news pieces I have ever seen. This 72 year old man gathered his loved ones around yesterday and died by Doctor assisted death. I warn you. It is incredibly sad and not recommend for all of you to watch. They show his final moments. I am open to all your comments, for and against. You have to follow the link.


14 thoughts on “A Doctor Assisted Death in My Community 

  1. I am all for this. It looks peaceful and loving and pain-free. I believe we should all have this choice. I did not feel sad. I felt emotional. Joanne

  2. I think it’s beautiful and respectful. Sad, yes…for those he leaves behind. But to be able to decide when enough is enough? As Ed said, ‘Perfect.’

  3. I left a longer comment on your Facebook page. But I am just not able to watch this, although I support assisted death 100 %.

  4. Thank you for sharing this with us. I am in awe of the ability to end your final day on earth without pain, suffering or violence. I have a 97 year old dad and 85 year old mother-in-law in nearby nursing homes both suffering from dementia. In the past year they have repeatedly said they are “ready to go” and how much they want to move on from this terrible disease. But there is absolutely no recourse. Here in the my state the law demands they must live out their days, all the while losing touch with reality, their dignity and peace of mind. Frankly, there are no words to describe how painful it is to helplessly stand by and watch this process. I so much admire this man and his family for supporting his decision and allowing the graceful exit he deserved.

  5. This is exactly what I would want. Something like a BBQ or dinner party with friends and close family; sit outside, watch the sun go down and then go in peace. We should all have a choice on how we want to die as long as it’s safe.

  6. This was emotional and yet so beautiful. Does that make sense? I support this 100% and have discussed it with my husband. This is what both of us would choose if we had a terminal illness. I’m so glad we have this available in our lifetime.

  7. It’s what I will choose. I’m so tired of watching people suffer. I had a young woman yesterday, 34 with metastatic breast cancer, leptomeningeal disease and query spinal cord compression. She’s having pain, seizures, incontinence and hearing loss. Dying shouldn’t have to be so awful. We all have to die but so much suffering breaks my heart.

  8. Birdie, thank you so much for sharing this very poignant post. Oh, and I wanted to let you know that the search for my cousin, Ian Dunbar, has come to an end. He died in 1998 at the age of 53. He was repairing a tub for a friend when he just died….heart palpitations. However, and thankfully, I am now in touch with his daughter and ex wife on Facebook (so far). He also has a son who is a police officer in Alberta. So I most likely will be in touch with him as well, through the others. It is bittersweet, but I am very grateful. I just wanted to thank you for assisting me in the search, and wanted to let you know that my search is over. Hugs and love to you, dear friend.

  9. I will be the voice in the minority. I struggle with this. This was a beautiful death and as it should be. I watched How To Die Oregon which was a beautiful documentary about death with dignity. I am a Hospice caregiver so am very familiar with death and dying and have watched so many miraculous hearings of relationships at the very end of life…so that when the family member finally does leave it is with a clean slate. My own mother died in hospice from kidney disease and it was a peaceful, beautiful passing, but she wanted to get it over with and we all knew there was no getting better…she said several times, “we euthanize our pets when they are old and done living lives of quality. Why can’t we do that for people too?” Where I struggle is taking over the control for the end of life. What about God? What about trusting his plan? We have talked about this before Birdie, you and I….I’m conflicted on this issue. But I watch that video and totally understand how someone could want that, choose that.

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