Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"To live full, meaningful lives we must embrace our mortality. We must learn to control our dying that we can die well...
Man is born with death in his hand. We all will die. We may be able to postpone death but we cannot avoid it. We all die of something, somewhere, somehow. Although we cannot avoid death, we can control the death caused by a terminal illness. We can determine how, when, where, and with whom we die...
Acceptance of death increases the quality of life a terminally ill person has remaining. A terminally ill person lives better knowing that he or she may exercise control over the physical pain, the psychological agony and the financial devastation of dying."
"Death with Dignity FAQs," www.togopeacefully.com, Feb. 8, 2007
Experts MDs, JDs (Lawyers), PhDs and Religious Leaders with significant involvement in end-of-life issues. [Because end-of-life dilemmas require medical, ethical, legal, and in some case religious considerations, we view MDs, PhDs with a bio-ethical focus, and JDs/religious leaders with significant involvement as "experts" in the euthanasia debate.] [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Founder and President, Dying Well Network
Professional Clinical Psychologist specializing in grief, death, dying and catastrophic events, North Pines Counseling
Former Chief Psychologist, Eastern State Hospital
Former Psychology Intern, Oncology Unit, Fresno Community Hospital
Conducted the world’s first group psychotherapy for terminally ill persons Wrote the first psychological treatment plan targeting "dying well, and hopefully earlier" as the desired outcome of therapy
Conducted workshops throughout Montana and other western states for more than 70,000 persons on “How People Grieve”
Gave a Declaration in Gary Lee, et al. v. Douglas, et al., the injunction against Oregon’s Measure 16
Was an original plaintiff in Compassion In Dying et al. v. Washington State until the time the suit was filed
Invented the Autoanoxygenic Debreather and the Expirator, both of which use nitrogen to hasten death without the need of medical prescription(s)
Former Consultant, Hospice of Spokane
Former Treasurer and Board of Directors member, Washington Citizens for Death With Dignity
Former Member, Advisory Committee, "Working Group on Assisted Suicide and End-of-Life Decisions," American Psycohological Association
Former Member (10 years), Board of Directors, Spokane Memorial Society
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Attended the Lutheran School of Theology for 3½ years studying systematic theology and pastoral care, focusing on death and dying