STARTING THE CONVERSATION ABOUT SELF-DELIVERANCE

On Their Own Terms: How One Woman’s Choice to Die Helped Me Understand My Father’s Suicide

Book by Laurie Loisel (2019)

A journalist’s memoir about two—which turn out to be three—self-deliverance choices. Her father, Paul Loisel, shot himself outside a Maine police station after informing the author and her siblings of his intention. Not long thereafter she was contacted by a local woman, Lee Hawkins, who, fearing the loss of her independence, planned to end her life by not eating or drinking.

Available from Amazon or Levellers Press: https://www.levellerspress.com/product/on-their-own-terms/


How to Die in Oregon

The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right To Die

Book by Katie Engelhart (2021)

A veteran investigative journalist uses six cases studies to delve into the right to die debate. For those who wish to shape their end, it is a difficult road indeed. She concludes the introduction with, “Here we are, in the country that spends more per capita on healthcare than any other in the world, and people were begging for a veterinary solution.”

https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250201461/theinevitable


The Sea Inside

Film directed by Alejandro Amenábar (2004, subtitles, 206 minutes)

The film is based on the real-life story of Ramón Sampedro, a Spaniard played by Javier Bardem, who was left quadriplegic after a diving accident in 1968, at the age of 25. He fought for euthanasia and his right to end his life, pointing out that, while the able-bodied are able to end their lives if they choose, he needed help. He ended his life in 1998.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qqvyzamlns