Every day, we hear from people whose lives have been forever changed by a terminal illness and how their often heartbreaking experiences have motivated them to advocate for death with dignity. These are the latest stories we've featured, from California, Maine, and New York.
Chris Cooper's wife, Jenn, died of metastatic breast cancer in 2016 at age 34. Inspired by Jenn's willingness to share her story, Chris started the blog Coffee with Coop, and wrote the memoir From Hell to Happiness. We asked Chris about how the book contributed to his own healing process.
Every day, we hear from people whose lives have been forever changed by a terminal illness and how their often heartbreaking experiences have motivated them to advocate for Death with Dignity. These are the latest stories we've featured, from California, Maine, Missouri, and Ohio.
"With one stroke of his pen, Riverside Judge Daniel A. Ottolia callously struck out at California's terminally-ill patients in a cruel way," writes Deborah Ziegler in response to the May 15 ruling nullifying the End of Life Option Act.
One of the defining characteristics of Death with Dignity supporters is their inspiring level of engagement with the world around them and their steadfast commitment to social justice. Joanne Busiel is no exception.
We were deeply saddened to learn of the death today of Eva Thompson, a steadfast advocate for Death with Dignity legislation in her home state of Maine. She was 58.
Brittany knew that she would not live to see the results of her advocacy, and she called on me to carry it on in her name. I am more committed than ever to working with the Death with Dignity National Center in order to continue the important task they started so long ago when they drafted and campaigned for the passage of the law Brittany used.
Val Lovelace believes that all individuals deserve the chance to have a peaceful, humane death that accords with their wishes and values. To start a conversation in her home state of Maine, she founded It’s My Death, a nonprofit dedicated to “providing services and education to people who wish to actively explore the meaning of life through embracing the certainty of death.”
Unlike many advocates, Ed Tiryakian's passion does not arise from a personal experience but from his fundamental belief in “personal liberty and choice.”
Cindy Merrill considers herself an unlikely activist, with no illusions about the uphill battle for death with dignity in Texas.