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  • Armstrong-Dailey, Ann and Sarah Zerbock. Hospice Care for Children: Second Edition. Oxford Press, 2001.
  • Battin, Margaret P. Ethical Issues in Suicide. Prentice-Hall, 1995.
  • ___________. Least Worst Death: Essays in Bioethics on the End of Life. Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Battin, Margaret P. Ph.D. and Arthur G. Lipman Pharm.D. Drug Use in Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia. Pharmaceutical Products Press, 1996.
  • Bonanno, George A. The Other Side of Sadness. Basic Books, 2009.
  • Butler, Katy. Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death. Scribner, 2013.
  • Colby, William H. Long Goodbye, 2002.
  • ____________. Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America. AMACOM, 2006.
  • Coombs, Lee Barbara. Compassion in Dying: Stories of Dignity and Choice. New Sage Press, 2003.
  • Daleiden, Joseph L. The Science of Morality: The Individual, Community, and Future Generations. Prometheus Books, 1998.
  • Dill, Jane. Flora’s Wreath. Ildolyn Press, 2011.
  • Doka, Kenneth J. Ph.D. and Joyce Davidson. Living with Grief When Illness is Prolonged. Hospice Foundation of America, 1997.
  • DuBose, Edwin R. Physician Assisted Suicide: Religious and Public Policy Perspectives. Park Ridge Center, 1999.
  • Dworkin, Ronald. Life’s Dominion: An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom. Knopf, 1993.
  • Easterly, Bianca. The Chronic Silence of Political Parties in End of Life Policymaking in the United States. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2019.
  • Ekland-Olson. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?: Abortion, Neonatal Care, Assisted Dying, and Capital Punishment. 2nd Edition. Routledge, 2014.
  • Emanuel, Linda L. M.D. Ph.D. Regulating How We Die: The Ethical, Medical, and Legal Issues Surrounding Physician-Assisted Suicide. Harvard University Press, 1998.
  • Falconer, Tim. That Good Night: Ethicists, Euthanasia and End-of-Life Care. Penguin Group, 2009.
  • Favyts, Léon. Euthanasie: Van Taboe Tot Recht. 1998.
  • Field, Marilyn J. and Christine K. Cassel. Approaching Death: Improving Care at the End of Life. National Academy Press, 1997.
  • Foley, Kathleen M.D. and Herbert Hendin, M.D. The Case Against Assisted Suicide For the Right to End-of-Life Care. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
  • Garrow, David J. The Right to Die: Death with Dignity in America, Vol. 68, No. 2, Mississippi Law Journal, 1998.
  • Harrington, Samuel MD. At Peace, Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life. Grand Central Life and Style, 2018.
  • Hathaway, Fran. Conversations at Sunset: A Novel, iUniverse books, 2016.
  • Hendin, Herbert M.D. Seduced By Death: Doctors, Patients, and Assisted Suicide, W.W. Norton & Company, 1998.
  • Hillyard, Daniel & John Dombrink. Dying Right: The Death with Dignity Movement. Routledge, 2001.
  • Hoefler, James M. and Brian E. Kamoie. Deathright: Culture, Medicine, Politics, and the Right to Die, Westview Press, 1994.
  • Humphry, Derek. Jean’s Way, 1978.
  • ___________. Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying, 1992.
  • ___________. Freedom to Die: People, Politics, and the Right-to-Die Movement, 2000.
  • ___________. Let Me Die Before I Wake, a Supplement to Final Exit, 2002.
  • ___________. The Good Euthanasia Guide: Where, what, and who in choices in dying, 2004
  • ___________. Good Life, Good Death: Memoir of an investigative reporter and pro-choice advocate, 2008.
  • Humphry, Derek and Ann Wickett. The Right To Die: Understanding Euthanasia, Hemlock Society, 1986.
  • ________________________. The Euthanasia Review, Vol. 1, No. 1. Human Sciences Press, 1986.
  • ________________________. The Euthanasia Review, Vol. 2, No. 3. Human Sciences Press, 1987.
  • Issues in Law & Medicine, Vol. 3, No. 2. National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent & Disabled Inc, 1987.
  • Issues in Law & Medicine, Vol. 7, No. 2. National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent & Disabled Inc, 1991.
  • Jamison, Stephen Ph.D. Assisting a Patient to Die: A Guide for Physicians, Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization, 1994.
  • ________________. Final Acts of Love: Families, Friends, and Assisted Dying, Tarcher/Putnam Books, 1995.
  • Katz, Jay & Alexander Morgan Capron. The Silent World of Doctor and Patient, 1984.
  • Kiernan, Stephen P. Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life From the Medical System, St. Martin’s Press, 2006.
  • Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth. Questions and Answers on Death with Dignity, Macmillan Publishing, 1974.
  • ________________. Death: The Final Stage of Growth, Prentice-Hall Inc., 1975.
  • Küng, Hans and Walter Jens. Dying with Dignity: A Plea for Personal Responsibility, Continuum Publishing, 1928.
  • Larsen, Laura R.N. A Guide to Discussing End-of-Life Issues: Facing the Final Mystery Second Edition, Blue Sky Press, 2004.
  • Larue, Gerald A. Th.D. Playing God: 50 Religions’ View on Your Right to Die, Moyer Bell, 1996.
  • Lewy, Guenter. Assisted Death in Europe and America: Four Regimes and their Lessons. New York: Orford University Press, 2011
  • Lieberman, Lisa. Leaving you: The Cultural Meaning of Suicid, Ivan R. Dee, 2003.
  • Lindsell, Jonnie M. Final Decision, iUniverse Inc, 2003.
  • Lopes, Giza. Dying with Dignity: A Legal Approach to Assisted Death, Library of Congress, 2015.
  • Lynne, Joanne M.D. and Joan Harrold, M.D. Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness, Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Lynne, Joanne M.D., Janice Lynch Schuster, and Andrea Kabcenell, R.N. M.P.H. Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and Clinicians, Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • MacFarlane, Rodger and Philip Bashe. The Complete Bedside Companion: No Nonsense Advice on Caring for the Seriously Ill, 1998.
  • McHaffie, Hazel. Right to Die, Luath Press, 2008.
  • Meyer, Charles. A Good Death: Challenges, Choices, and Care Options, Twenty-Third Publications, 1998.
  • Meisel, Alan. Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Common Law Roadmap for State Courts, Vol. 24, No. 4, Fordham Urban Law Journal, 1997.
  • Miles, Thomas S. Death on Request USA, Dorrance Publishing Co., 1999.
  • Mirarchi, Ferdinando L. D.O. Understanding Your Living Will: What You Need to Know Before a Medical Emergency, Addicus Books Inc, 2006.
  • Morris, Virginia. Talking About Death Won’t Kill You, Workman Publishing, 2001.
  • Mueller, Marnie. My Mother’s Island, Curbstone Press, 2002.
  • Neils, Rob. Death with Dignity FAQ’s, Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 1997.
  • Nerin, Bill. A Couple Faces Death: My life After Anne Growing in Acceptance and Peace, Magic Mountain Publishing, 2010.
  • Neumann, Ann. The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America. Beacon Press, 2016.
  • Okun, Barbara Ph.D. and Joseph Nowinski Ph.D. Saying Goodbye: How Families Can Find Renewal Through Loss, Penguin Group Inc, 2011
  • Paget, Marianne A. and Marjorie L. DeVault. A Complex Sorrow: Reflections on Cancer and an Abbreviated Life, Temple University Press, 1993
  • Pereira, Carol G. Helder’s Story: A Death with Dignity, Brother Mockingbird, 2018
  • Pratt, Carol A. Efforts to Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide in New York, Washington and Oregon: A Contrast Between Judicial and Initiative Approaches — Who Should Decide?, Vol. 7, No. 4, Oregon Law Review, 1998.
  • Preston, Tom. Patient-Directed Dying: A Call for Legalized Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill, 2006
  • Quill, Timothy E. Caring for Patients at the End of Life, 2001.
  • ___________. Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Facing an Uncertain Future Together. Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • ___________. A Midwife Through the Dying Process: Stories of Healing and Hard Choices at the End of Life. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
  • ___________. Death and Dignity: Making Choices and Taking Charge. W.W. Norton & Co., 1993.
  • ___________. A Midwife Through the Dying Process: Stories of Healing and Hard Choices at the End of Life, 1996.
  • Quill, Timothy E. & Margaret P. Battin. Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case For Palliative Care and Patient Choice, 2004.
  • Risley, Robert L. J.D. Death with Dignity: A New Law Permitting Physician Aid-in-Dying, The Hemlock Society, 1989.
  • Roberts, Barbara K. Death Without Denial Grief Without Apology: A Guide for Facing Death and Loss, New Sage Press, 2002.
  • Rollin, Betty. Last Wish, 1985.
  • Schuyler, Philip. The Five Rights of the Individual, 2012.
  • Seguin, Marilynne R.N. A Gentle Death, Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data, 1994.
  • Shavelson, Lonny. A Chosen Death: The Dying Confront Assisted Suicide, Simon & Schuster, 1995.
  • Skjolsvik, Pamela. Death Becomes Us, 2015.
  • Smith, Cheryl K., Chris G. Docker, John Hofsess and Dr. Bruce Dunn. Beyond Final Exit: New Research in Self-Deliverance for the Termainally Ill, The Right to Die Society of Canada, 1995.
  • Snyder, Lois and Timothy E. Quill. Physician’s Guide to End-of-Life Care. American College of Physicians, 2001.
  • ___________. Physician’s Guide to End-of-Life Care, 2001.
  • Solomon, Mildred Z. EdD and Anna L. Romer EdD and Karen S. Heller PhD. Innovations in End-of-Life Care: Practical Strategies & International Perspectives, Education Development Center, 2000.
  • Stookey, Christopher. Do Go Gentle: Bringing My Father Home to Die With Dignity After a Devastating Stroke, Freckles Press, 2015.
  • Thomasma, David C., Thomasine Kimbrough-Kushner, Gerrit K. Kimsma and Chris Ciesielski-Carlucci. Asking to Die: Inside the Dutch Debate About Euthanasia, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998.
  • The Task Force to Improve the Care of Terminally Ill Oregonians. The Final Months of Life: A Guide to Oregon Resources, Center for Ethics in Health Care, 1997.
  • Verka, Viorel M.D. MBA. Empathetic Exit: Physician-Assisted Suicide, Introspect Publishing, 2011.
  • Watrous, Richard. Shadowdad: When is Life Not Worth Living?, Studio 4 Productions, 1999.
  • Wanzer, Sidney. To Die Well: Your Right to Comfort, Calm, and Choice in the Last Days of Life, 2007.
  • Webb, Marilyn. The Good Death: The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life. Bantam Books, 1997.
  • Werth, James L., Jr. Rational Suicide: Implications for Mental Health Professionals. Taylor & Francis, 1996.
  • West, John. The Last Goodnights: Assisting My Parents With Their Suicides, Counterpoint, 2009.
  • Wildgen, Michelle. You’re Not You: A Novel, St. Martin’s Press, 2006.
  • Willke, J.C. M.D. et al. Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia Past & Present, Hayes Publishing Co., 1998.
  • Woods, Dillon. Where Souls Meet: Communicating with the Terminally Ill, Windermere Publications, 2000.