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Final Acts of Love Stephen Jamison

Final Acts of Love

Stephen Jamison

Published January 27th 1997
ISBN : 9780874778496
Paperback
279 pages
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When is it appropriate for the dying to end their lives? When should their families, friends, or professional caregivers help them do so? How does one ever begin to think about such decisions? Final Acts of Love provides those contemplating thisMoreWhen is it appropriate for the dying to end their lives? When should their families, friends, or professional caregivers help them do so? How does one ever begin to think about such decisions? Final Acts of Love provides those contemplating this journey the means to answer these questions and make well-reasoned, intelligent, humane decisions. Without advocating a specific course of action, Stephen Jamison thoughtfully guides readers through this decision process and takes them into the previously secret world of assisted dying. Here for the first time are step-by-step criteria by which patients and caregivers can evaluate their personal situations and consider medical, emotional, spiritual, and communication aspects, quality of life, the potential effects on others, as well as personal values and relationships. The question of whether and when its right to assist a suicide is controversial, one that inspires passionate debates and heartfelt beliefs. This caring book looks beyond the political and legal facets and recognizes that assisted dying is ultimately a personal decision. Final Acts of Love will be a consoling and helpful friend to those facing this difficult journey.