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New Stories at Death with Dignity: Thomas and Lindzy

June 14, 2017

Our most recent stories come from New Jersey and Missouri, and Pennsylvania.

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Thomas P.: Let Me Decide

On March 28, 2017, my dignified mother died of cancer. Her name was Mildred Janet Pellicane, and she was a fiercely independent person, right until the end. In her final weeks, she bravely endured her pain and her almost complete inability to move, speak, or eat. But she said she didn’t want to suffer anymore.

I am confident that given the option our mom would have chosen to end her life. Sadly, we were not able to help her, and because there is no Death with Dignity law in New Jersey, where she passed away, she was not able to help herself.

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Lindzy B: Death with Dignity Means Hope

My father was diagnosed with ALS in 2009. I was in 8th grade at the time; my sister was 20. The whole week after his diagnosis we cried as we tried to absorb the information and figure out our next steps. We did a lot of research, trying to understand what ALS was and how we could best support my dad through the course of his illness.

He was such a great dad. He was very loving, goofy, and happy all the time. Everyone who met my dad loved him. Even when he was diagnosed, he was as positive as he could be. He never complained or said, ‘why me.’ He just kept smiling.

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