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In Search of Gentle Death: The Fight for Your Right to Die With Dignity First Edition
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Extremely well written by Richard Cote who previous to this research and publication had no connections to the right-to-die movement. The illustrations are interesting, too. Because it deliberately 'flew under the radar,' this is the first telling of an unusual story.
It is the ten-year account of an unorganized, interesting group of people (Philip Nitschke, John Hofsess, George Exoo, Charles Whitcher, myself Derek Humphry and a few others) who put their minds together to find a reliable, legal, non-medical way by which dying persons could painlessly, nonviolently and quickly end their lives.
What emerged after going down several fruitless avenues was the helium hood method of self-deliverance which is now widely used across North America. NuTech continues to search for even better ways of adult, competent choices in dying. D.H. 11.28.2008
We all die, some of us horribly, tortured by modern medicine hell-bent on keeping us "alive" whether we protest pathetically or not. The fear of suffering underlies our advancing age and makes many of us dread each approaching birthday. Cote's book was, for me, a soothing balm: Suffering need not be a given. Even when meds and palliation fail us,there is hope that dying can be tranquil and that we can determine our own end.
A movement is afoot all over the world, led by courageous and compassionate individuals who take enormous risks, resist those who would impose their own set of beliefs on everyone else, rally to change the status quo. Cote has identified and interviewed the giants of the movement, traveling to 5 continents in 5 years to meet them face-to-face. Their stories are riveting, as dramatic as the best fiction, though, unbelievably, true.
Many of the pioneers fought not only for humankind but for themselves. Ramon Sampedro from Galicia, Spain, was left a quadriplegic at 25 after a diving accident and spent the rest of his life- 29 years! - fighting in vain for a legal, assisted death. Suffering but physically capable patients could pull off their own successful ends; Sampedro could not. And anyone who aided him would have endured criminal prosecutions. He did, however, eventually devise a most creative solution...
Using any criterion, the book is a superbly crafted, deeply intimate masterpiece. Readers: Treat yourselves!
It is very accurate and good read. Photos and cartoons help lift the book. Because it is a long book, it is good to store and read piece by piece.
We had done all the right things: she had a health directive, i was the person responsible to see that that directive was observed, she was signed up for hospice so that she could die peacefully at home...and something was going horribly askew. She did not die peacefully. During tortured hours, hospice was unable to provide the necessary support and direction we both so desperately needed. But why?
During the agonizing process of my beloved's death, i did not have the faintest idea why the system was failing. Gathering my courage, i met with the director of nursing for hospice the week of my spouses death. In our open-hearted meeting of two people just trying to work out what had failed and how it could be prevented for others in the future, i learned about the terrible dilemma hospice has been placed in and why they are unable to provide people with a dignified and gentle death.
"In Search of Gentle Death" by Richard Cote clearly details this dilemma with extraordinarily well documented and painfully sincere personal stories. From local to national to international law, he documents the forces that continue to obstruct something as simple and humane as a dignified and gentle death for all of us.
By contrast, almost a year to the day, i was in my livingroom with my spouse, our vet and my cherished friend of 12 years, Zoe. While handing him his favorite treats, we all made the loving decision to let him die a dignified and tender death. He died in seconds relieved of the pain and suffering his life had become.Read more ›
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Gives a good look at the right to die a good death and the stupidity of religious zealots forcing their beliefs on others.Published 10 months ago by magicboo2u
I was very unhappy to the negative "Hostile - Takeover" of The Hemlock Society - - especially the loss of The Caring Friends program.Published 11 months ago by Rod Newman
This book gives a history of the fight to avail oneself of euthanasia, but practical issues are better discussed in the (much cheaper) To Die Well by Wanzer & GlenmullenPublished 18 months ago by Tree Lover
In Search of Gentle Death is a detailed, in-depth history of the international Right-to-Die Movement. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Richard Cone
Cote's book is a must-read for young and old. I have witnessed and heard of human beings dying in pain and confusion,
causing their loved ones incomparable pain, endless... Read more
Richard N. Côté has written a remarkable book: well researched and elegantly presented.
In it he traces the history of the Death-With-Dignity movement worldwide,... Read more
This is a thoroughly researched, humane overview of the death-with-dignity movement in this country and abroad. Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by J. V. Simson
This is an excellent account of the history of the movement towards granting people the legal right to end their lives how and when they choose. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Skylark