Dying for Care
In 1991, Final Exit was published to tell people with a terminal illness how to kill themselves, with or without help. van Bommel believes the popularity of that book is due to the real fear that North Americans have about dying in pain, dying alone or feeling like a burden to their families. Final Exit needs a public response – one that speaks directly about the needs of people who are dying and the choices they should have to meet those needs. Dying for Care provides this response. It takes an honest look at the moral and practical decisions that people with a life-threatening or terminal illness must make. It looks at some of the choices they have now and some of the choices they should have. It presents information, statistics and the thoughts of dozens of experts in the field of hospice care. The author believes that we must increase public awareness and the availability of hospice care – the physical, emotional, spiritual and informational supports for people who are dying. Our health care system has the resources, skilled professionals and volunteers to provide excellent hospice care. Now is the time for discussion and cooperation to build the system all of us may eventually need.