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New Review for Death With Dignity

7/25/2011 6:39:00 AM

by Robert Orfali

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Death With Dignity The Case for Legalizing Physician Assisted Dying and Euthanasia is a work

written by Robert Orfali as the result of his helping his wife during the last days of her life as

she was dying with cancer.

This is a work of some 229 pages, including Introduction, Table of Contents, Find Out More

and Acknowledgements.

Author Orfali begins with the sobering note that as Dr Ira Byock eloquently reminds us “We

are all and at every moment a heartbeat away from death.”

Orfali also notes that most of us die in small, often facing life confusing choices, needlessly

facing horrible pain, while technology for ending the suffering is available.

Orfali asks the question, “Why is euthanasia not legal?” And, he points out this book is for

everyone; We will all die.

Chapter 1 sets the tone for the work as it presents the emotional, and other chaos often felt

and seen at death. Chapter 2 helps to explain euthanasia. Chapter 3 reveals how many folk

die today including death in ICU, hospital and hospice. Chapter 4 notes that physician

assisted death is legal in a number of advanced countries, and in Montana, Oregon and

Washington states here in the US. Chapter 5 discusses euthanasia itself including some of

the lessons learned during the 30 years it has been used in the Netherlands. Chapters 6 and

& 7 discuss the arguments against euthanasia. Chapter 8 indicates that in time with

medications available on line euthanasia will likely become more commonplace.

I found Chapter 5 'Euthanasia in the Real World' to be especially interesting as Author Orfali

explores the question How Do I Die? The Oregon Conversation. And details facts and

information regarding Oregon's Death with Dignity and their workable system for caring for

the terminally ill. Also discussed in this chapter is the methodology used in Washington state

and in the Netherlands.

I found Writer Orfali's writing to be readable, well presented and informative. When I agreed

to review this particular work I had little inkling that I would soon be visiting my younger

sister repeatedly in a Tulsa, Oklahoma ICU, and while my sibling is not terminal, much of the

information I have gleaned from this particular work certainly is apropos for the moment.

I found very informative Writer Orfali's explanations of Hospice care, Palliative Sedation as

opposed to use of Nembutal or similar drugs as well as the debate raging regarding murder

or suicide, who is really against Physician assisted suicide and what it all means to all of us in


Writer Orfali is a skilled writer, presents much information in readable method, whether the

reader is for or against legalizing Physician Assisted dying and or euthanasia per se the book

has much to offer from a purely informational standpoint, and may prove very helpful for

those who may be facing the need for actually thinking about the topic now or in the weeks

and years to come.

I do not keep all books I receive for review, I plan to keep this one, and especially so after

watching a sibling who is close to my age, and as I has had little to no medical issue during

the length of our lives as she is suddenly very close to death and is receiving intensive care,

but seems to be well on the way to recovery. I'm sorry Writer Orfali's wife Jeri was no quite

so lucky in that regard; her own illness was terminal.

Please to recommend this well written, informative work especially for counselors, hospital

Chaplin corps, and for families as well as for library shelves.

5 stars Death With Dignity The Case for Legalizing Physician Assisted Dying and Euthanasia

is a work written by Robert Orfali.


Reviewed by Molly’s Reviews

molly martin


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TITLE Death With Dignity The Case for Legalizing Physician Assisted Dying and Euthanasia

AUTHOR Robert Orfali

GENRE Education


PUBLISHER Mill City Press, Inc Minneapolis MN 55401

ISBN 978 1 936780 18 1

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