Imperfect Endings

Imperfect Endings

A Daughter's Tale of Life and Death

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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After twenty years of living with terminal illness, Zoe FitzGerald Carter's mother decided to end her life-and asked her three daughters for their assistance. For months, the decision dragged on as her mother changed her methods and schedule, and the negotiations stirred up old memories, sibling rivalries, and questions about family loyalty. Eventually, there was compromise and courage, and Zoe's mother had her happy-if imperfect-ending.Zoe and her sisters struggled to accept the imminent death of their mother, circling around the same questions: Who will help her? Will they go to jail? Can they bear to let her die alone? With a doctor prescribing lethal doses of sleep medication, a visit from a member of the Hemlock Society's "Final Exit Network," and the temptations of overdosing on morphine, the issues and people in Imperfect Endings are at the center of the debate on assisted suicide.With echoes of bestselling grief memoirs like Elegy for Iris and The Year of Magical Thinking, Carter's memoir is the unforgettable story of a family learning to love and to let go.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781400196241
1400196248
Branch Call Number: Streaming Hoopla Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (540 min.)) : digital

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JudithE
Oct 19, 2013

Quite interesting. It shows how theory and practice (when deciding to end one's life for practical reasons) differ. Making a decision to do something and carrying it out are not the same, not least because deciding to die when you are a parent affects your children and their loved ones enormously.

I found it a bit long -- Isn't it time that she died already? -- but I would recommend it.

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