Friday, November 7, 2014

Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED)

Just today I attended the Washington State End of Life Coalition annual meeting where there is always a lot of sharing of stories.  Phyllis Shacter from Bellingham gave a very moving account of her husband's onset of Alzheimer's and how he ultimately decided the path of VSED while he was still mentally competent.  Here's a link to her TEDxBellington Talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiYPaU3h3w8

I don't know if you've seen the French movie, "Amour", which is a beautiful but sad story about an aging French couple with deteriorating health.  Their path of dying was unsupported and tragic.  Please see this link (http://www.endoflifeblog.com/2013/02/amour-disturbingly-beautiful-film.html) for more discussion about the movie and VSED.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Jim, I just wanted to add additional information of a respected religious practice that bears similarity with VSED - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sallekhana

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