To Gently Leave This Life

To Gently Leave This Life

by Elaine Feuer

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Welcome to the 2018 Updates Edition of To Gently Leave This Life: The Right To Die. Five years ago, when I was researching and writing this book, I anticipated many more states and countries to have passed assisted dying legislation. How can it be, so many voices near and away, crying into the night in unbearable pain, pleading for a good death, a peaceful death, a compassionate death. For people who are suffering from a terminal or incurable illness, the option of a peaceful passing is the issue at the forefront of modern society. Assessing the quality of life, and allowing patients who suffer from debilitating pain and dependence on others to gently leave this life, gives people a dignified alternative.

I began contemplating end-of-life issues after witnessing my mother's slow and painful death from cancer. Only six states and the District of Columbia have passed Death With Dignity laws since the first edition of this book was published. Only one more country, Canada, has legalized voluntary euthanasia. In 2014, the front-page story of Brittany Maynard – who was dying from brain cancer and forced to relocate to Oregon for a merciful death – seemed to reaffirm the public dialogue regarding an individual's right-to-die. In 2015, I was stunned when my brother was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, and I chronicled our anguish in Traveling in and Out of Heaven. When I wrote about Karen Quinlan, I could not have fathomed watching my own brother being attached to a respirator, as tears flowed down my cheeks, not knowing if I'd ever hear his voice again. All I could think of was Karen Quinlan trapped to that gurgling respirator in 1975. My tears were for her, as well. There's a new chapter in these Updates, about Professor Sean Davison, who had been on trial for murdering his mother. He helped her to die because she begged him to - her suffering had become excruciating. At the end, she somehow managed to smile and say, "You are a wonderful son."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149057634
Publisher: Elaine Feuer
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 116
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Elaine Feuer began contemplating end-of-life issues after witnessing her mother’s slow and painful death from cancer. To Gently Leave This Life is the perfect reference book for the grassroots activist, legislator, and for people who are dealing with their own or a loved one’s terminal illness. It is Elaine’s aspiration that medical aid in dying will be approved throughout the U.S. and in countries across the globe. Whenever possible, people deserve the right to have a “gentle and happy” death. Elaine is the CEO of Blue Danube Publishing. Her new book, Traveling In and Out of Heaven, is the story of her brother’s five- month battle against esophageal cancer, encompassing: the profound love between a brother and sister as they struggle with the torment of an unbearable illness; the love and support of family and friends; and the treacherous betrayal of a daughter. The poignant and agonizing issues in this narrative are circumstances that readers could encounter at some point in their lifetime: an unsigned medical proxy; next-of-kin power over medical decisions; life support; and a duplicitous legal petition. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop! Blue Danube recently published an enthralling new memoir, The Last Waltz: Love, Death & Betrayal by Professor Sean Davison. In 2006, Sean cared for his terminally ill mother, Pat Ferguson (a psychiatrist), during the final three months of her life. The Last Waltz is the story of an extraordinary love between a mother and son, and how their informed decisions lead to unforeseen consequences: A sister betrays her brother; a son is charged with murder; Archbishop Desmond Tutu requests bail, igniting a public debate about voluntary euthanasia and the right-to-die. Elaine wrote the critically acclaimed exposé, Innocent Casualties: The FDA’s War Against Humanity – which is now available in its fourth edition as an eBook: Irene Alleger, editor for Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients wrote: “Innocent Casualties manages to make the blood boil in righteous anger, because it makes the FDA’s abuse of power so personal... Ms. Feuer takes the reader step-by-step through the nonsensical tactics, deceit, and police mentality.”

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To Gently Leave This Life: The Right to Die is an excellent handbook for those who are living through the struggle now, and those new to the fight who are just realizing what could be in store for them when there is no way out of a prolonged, agonizing death. Elaine Feuer has succeeded in compiling the progress of the right-to-die movement in her carefully researched, helpfully illustrated, easily read short volume. This overview explains, especially to the naive reader, what the human tragedies were that precipitated changes in the law toward further control by patients to control their own deaths. She presents the safeguards and the modest use of these laws to reduce suffering at the end of life and the arguments against these changes. Right-to-die advocates around the world are moving fast, making it hard to keep such a book up-to-date, but Feuer has worked assiduously to make her information as accurate as possible, to demonstrate the importance of people being able to have more say about when and how the end will come. Faye Girsh, President World Federation of Right to Die Societies