This is a compilation of stories by dying individuals as well
as stories by family members, friends, and spiritual leaders who
respect and support the particular choices of dying individuals.
Primarily, the stories are from Oregonians who made the choice
to use the Death with Dignity Act, which allows for legal, physician
assisted death. As of 2004, Oregon is the only state in the nation
that legally allows physician assisted death. The Oregon experience
with assisted dying teaches that when patients are empowered by
choice and control in how they die, they experience renewed hope
and courage. Interestingly, most people who obtain the necessary
medication to hasten their death do not ultimately use it, but
rather experience profound peace of mind knowing they have an
option to escape intolerable suffering. This book moves beyond
the judicial and political wranglings that threaten personal choice
and dignity at the end of life. Also includes resources, and a
timeline for Oregon's Death with Dignity Act.