Dignified Dying – A Guide

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This book will stimulate communication between very ill or very old persons and their relatives and friends. It may give peace of mind to all involved in the difficult decision how to die with dignity. Thanks to this Guide any layperson can take control of such an intimate process as his own death. It provides detailed information on the medication method and the use of inert gases for a self-chosen and dignified death. 

Though the Dutch legislation on physician-assisted dying is the most liberal in the world, it does not fulfill the wishes of those who strive for more autonomy in dying. Dr. Chabot’s position is that physician-assisted dying and dignified self-help routes to death are complementary approaches, rather than mutually exclusive alternatives. Only together can they provide an answer to the demand that a dignified, self-directed death be accessible for those who want it at a time of their choosing.One obstacle to productive discussion among right-to-die experts is that there is no consensus on what most people regard as ‘dying well’. Dr. Chabot discusses shared opinions about ‘good’ or ‘bad’ death that have emerged from sociological studies in a wide variety of societies. This provides the empirical base for Chabot’s seven SESARID criteria that apply to what most people would consider an ideal autonomous method: dying asleep at home in one’s intimate circle rather than dying a lonely death for fear of risks to those present.Recommendations Faye Girsh, former president of the World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies, wrote on Amazon: “I still find it confusing what to advise people about the best way to have a peaceful death when help from a doctor is unobtainable, as it is for most people around the world.”

“Chabot’s new book I found to be a further clarification of the major methods with more scientific evidence, clarification of some of the more dubious methods that people talk about, and a clear description of what is needed. “Chabot looks into the future when the number of old persons and patients with long-term chronic disease and impending dementia will engulf the medical profession with their needs to die peacefully.”

“Taking it out of the hands of already reluctant doctors and empowering individuals, families and professional end-of-life counselors with this information is the wave of the future, as Derek Humphry did with his pioneering, Final Exit. Chabot’s book, though quite accessible for the lay reader, offers more scientific data and embeds the information in an historical context.”

 

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