Brittany Maynard’s assisted suicide raises questions about end of life decisions
A terminally ill 29-year-old woman has been in the news recently because of her choice to end her life when doctors gave her months to live after discovering she had an inoperable brain tumor. Brittany Maynard ended her life on Saturday. She had become a symbol of the right-to-die movement, gaining the support of people who believe elderly or sick patients can choose to end their lives and “die with dignity” rather than continue to rely on medical professionals to help fight their illness. Opponents of the movement think it’s unethical to place the decision to die on individuals and doctors. Wherever you stand, death raises questions and concerns that many people postpone addressing until they really have to. Often this moment is too late, and requires more research into end of life decisions. Randi Belisomo experienced this when she lost her husband, and started the foundation Life Matters Media to help wade through all the information that one needs when dealing with the loss of a loved one. Belisomo explains why Maynard’s decision can be so divisive, and offer tips on what questions to ask.
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