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Jill Forbush Dorman 
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Re: “Last Rights: A Putney Woman Becomes the Third Vermonter to End Her Life Using New Law

Have any of you naysayers actually WATCHED someone be forced to live to the (very) bitter end?? I have. I watched my brother-in-law lose all dignity, becoming more and more fragile, his quality of life leaving him daily. I watched him struggle for breath. I watched him go through many "treatments (which were only prolonging his suffering, not saving his life)." In the end what killed him was a blood infection, brought on by the weekly chest tubes he had put in him to drain the fluid from his lungs. In the end, he lay in a coma, crying tears of blood, unable to communicate....while his loved ones stood around him, crying and touching his ice-cold body, desperately telling him how much they loved him, hoping against hope he could hear them. What I wouldn't have given to sit around and share memories with him, while he ended his life on HIS terms, not a doctor's!!!! We can be compassionate and caring enough to put our animals to sleep, to end their suffering, but not let our loved ones make the same decision for themselves?? Death can be very ugly. Painful. Excruciating. My husband and I both looked at each other after Jim died and said "Don't you DARE ever let me die like that!!" It was horrible. For a long time after, when I thought of Jim that's all I could see. I would much rather have memories of him dying peaceful and happy.

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Posted by Jill Forbush Dorman on 01/29/2015 at 12:22 PM

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