Lorraine Friedenberg

I am a retired R.N. I second the concerns of physicians Matt McIsaac, Rebecca Genuis, Richard Pidde and others. My own primary care physician closed his Alberta practice in 2020 and returned to South Africa. I personally know another family doctor who moved to the U.S.A. because of better working conditions there. I have worked/volunteered hundreds of hours caring for patients, clients, friends and relatives, both in the care and support of people with dementia and people with a terminal prognosis. Here are my concern/comments: • People are often thankful for treatment that prolongs their life (giving them precious time to enjoy or say good-bye to their friends and relatives) • People reach a point where they do not wish to have their dying process prolonged. They by no means want euthanasia, but they do not want procedures such as tube feeding, suctioning, or resuscitation. • “Euthanasia is NOT a death with dignity. It is perhaps the most severe expression of alienation and aloneness. There’s nothing dignified … No decision to end your life is ever, ever private …” --Quotes from Joni Eareckson Tada

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