Story on assisted suicide raised important issues for all

The Aug. 30 story in The Herald, “In the face of death the party of a lifetime” was totally appropriate for the front page on a Saturday.

Saturday is the day most readers have time to reflect, and reflecting on death, though possibly difficult, is totally appropriate. Our society, especially the medical establishment sees death as the enemy. It is not.

As a family physician and hospice volunteer, I am amazed by how few people have advanced directives to express their end of life wishes.

We should have more information about the need for advanced directives, designating a durable power of attorney for healthcare and more information about choices in dying and organizations such as End of Life Washington.

I photocopied the article and attached the link from the Herald website and emailed it to everyone I knew.

I believe in people having control of their end of life.

Hans Dankers


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