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These days there are numerous excellent books on the ethics, the spirituality and the philosophy of the right to choose to die, for and against, and we strongly recommend that you read some of these. There are too many to list here!
Final Exit Network hopes that persons seeking its services have already thought through their ethical and spiritual attitudes to choice in dying. So at this point we suggest more practical books to read.
Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted
Suicide for the Dying. By Derek Humphry. Paperback or ebook.
3rd edition. For 24 years this has been the gold standard in 'how-to'
literature on peaceful dying. Two million copies have been sold
This book addresses the advanced thinking, the testing and the
documentation needed by a person about to terminate their life. Advance Directives, life insurance, the law, final notes to family, drug dosages and the helium hood method are explained in straightforward terms.
Along with the book goes an addendum in pamphlet form: "How to Make Your Own Helium Hood Kit" because these kits can no longer be obtained in ready-made form.
Also available is "Final Exit on DVD" which is Derek Humphry demonstrating on film how the different techniques of hastened death are used.
For those who prefer a gentle introduction to the subject of self-deliverance or assisted dying, Jean's Way: A Love Story, can be helpful. It is available as a paperback or ebook. This book is the moving account of Derek Humphry helping his first wife, Jean, to end her suffering from terminal cancer at her request.
These books and ebooks can be obtained at the ERGO Bookstore
The profits contribute to the work of America's movements campaigning for the right to choose to die when at life's end. Payment by postal mail or your credit card or PayPal.
Four informative phamphlets from Final Exit Network:
- Having That Difficult Talk with Your Adult Children
In Search of Gentle Death: The Fight for Your Right to Die with Dignity
by Richard N. Côté
An excellent overview of the history and recent years in the right-to-die movement. Historian and journalist, Richard Côté, profiles the major activists during past decades including: Derek Humphry, Jack Kevorkian, Sue Rodreguez, Philip Nitschke, Rodney Syme, Faye Girsh, Richard MacDonald, Pieter Admiraal, Boudewijn Chabot, Stanley Terman, Ludwig Minelli, Michael Irwin, & Russel Ogden. Dozens of lesser-known characters also grace these pages. Almost 100 pictures are included.
(ISBN: 978-1-929175-36-9; hardcover)
State Laws Against Aiding or Assisting in a Suicide
Click below for a complete list of State Laws Against Aiding or Assisting in a Suicide: Compiled by Robert Rivas, General Counsel, Final Exit Network, Inc.
The “Conversation Project”
The “Conversation Project” began in 2010, when Ellen Goodman and a group of colleagues and concerned media, clergy, and medical professionals gathered to share stories of “good deaths” and “bad deaths” within their own circle of loved ones.
The Humanist Magazine, "The End"
“The End,” an article in the September/October 2013 issue of the Humanist, tells a very personal account of one family’s experience with end-of-life care and death with dignity. Below, you’ll find more information on terminology, legality, and resources.
Click here to read this article:
Historical Chronology of the Euthanasia Movement
ABC News "The Conversation: A Family's Private Decision"
Dianne Sawyer discusses The Conversation project and directs listeners to further information and specific guidance on how you can talk with your family:
Final Exit Network recommends
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Advance Directives Information:
U.S. Living Will Registry Personal inquiries may be directed to Gail Marner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advance Directive FORMS for Individual States: (http://uslwr.com/formslist.shtm)
American Bar Association Consumer’s Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning (http://www.abanet.org/aging/toolkit/home.html)
Other Right-to-Die Organizations:
Death with Dignity National Center
Dying with Dignity Canada
Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization
FATE [Scottish organization: Friends at the End]
NVVE [Dutch Right-to-Die]
Right to Die Society of Canada
World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies
Supporting the human right to a Death With Dignity
New Final Exit, the book, addendum available
If you already have 'Final Exit' 3rd edn. in paperback, there is now a 2016 Addendum. Send $5 for print copy: ERGO, 24829 Norris Lane, Junction City, OR 97448 or get the paperback plus Addendum for $23 incls of s/h. This Addendum is already included in the Ebook 2016 download version at www.finalexit.org/ergo-store