Brittany Maynard's story is compelling—but not typical. Basing policy on cases like hers can be dangerous to the people the policy affects.
As a review committee member, I assured foreign delegations that the Dutch model was a good one. That conclusion has become harder to support.
What troubles me greatly about Oregon’s law—and the movement for more like it—is its name.
In the U.S., assisted suicide has mostly been a hard sell. But there are some clear steps to take to improve end-of-life care.
"If I walk into the room of a patient dying in faith, hope, and love, I feel I need to take my shoes off. It is that holy."
Since most people today die of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, stroke or dementia, and many live with these diseases for years, this handbook will be enormously helpful for pastors, patients and families. The book gives compassionate and sensible guidance to those seeking to negotiate the difficult spiritual and medical terrain that surrounds the experience of dying.