The right to die is “a difficult subject”
Last week on this podcast, I spoke with my good friend, Mary Gute-Witte, and she shared the story of her parents’ well-planned decision to end their lives together. That conversation touched on a lot of difficult subjects, and it made me want to further explore end of life issues — specifically, one’s right to choose the way in which they exit this life.
To be clear, this conversation is dealing more with those who are terminally ill, or whose quality of life has been severely diminished by illness or affliction, and whether or not they should have the choice to end their own suffering. Some U.S. states have legislation in place that allows physicians to aid a person in this choice, however Wisconsin is not one of them.
This is a vast and highly sensitive issue, one that is highly personal, but that has also become politicized in recent years. I’ve invited Doctor Bruce Wilson, a cardiologist and hospice director, to join me in this conversation.
This week, we start by discussing how advances in medicine have removed us from the process of dying, the differences between hospice and palliative care, and how social, cultural and religious factors make the topic of death and dying that much more complex.
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