112: Courtney's mom chose when to die


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One of the most difficult things we go through in life is when a close friend or a family member dies.

We all know it’s gonna happen to a lot of the people we know and love, but it’s still unpleasant, and uncomfortable, and sad. We even try to avoid using the word “die” – somehow it doesn’t sound quite so bad if we instead say, “they passed away”.

But as awful as death can be, there are times when it’s actually a relief. What if your loved one has a terminal disease, and they’re just in pain all the time, and they know that their body is not going to heal? The idea of death, and the peaceful rest that it brings, can then be something that’s very appealing.

We’re talking today about medical assistance in dying. It’s also called assisted suicide. It’s something that brings welcome relief to people who are suffering.

You’re about to hear my guest, Courtney, talk about her own experience with this matter. It wasn’t that long ago that she wasn’t really even familiar with this idea, or that it was even legal where she lives, which is in Canada. But now, she has personally observed how it works and how beneficial it can be.

This is the heartbreaking, and wonderful, story of the choice that was made by Courtney’s mom.

Courtney’s email: court.chalmers@gmail.com

This episode is sponsored by the Tapes from the Darkside podcast - https://www.tapesfromthedarkside.com/

This episode is also sponsored by the Smart Cleaning School podcast - https://www.smartcleaningschool.com/podcast

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