Nine states, including California, have enacted Medical Aid in Dying legislation, allowing those who are terminally ill to end their lives peacefully by taking doctor-prescribed medication. The process of qualifying for this legislation is rigorously managed — few people fit the criteria and even fewer decide ultimately to follow through. So what’s the importance of control in how we face death? Why do endings matter, and not just for those who die?
Death with Dignity legislation offers compassion and control
From this Episode:
An intimate account of a medically assisted death
In March 2020, Esmé E. Deprez received a text from her father. Suffering from ALS, Ronald David Deprez had had enough.