Jennifer Lahl and I released our latest documentary short film yesterday. Compassion and Choice DENIED explores the effects efforts to legalize physician assisted suicide have on those who are living with terminal illness but who do not want “aid in dying.”
Stephanie’s story highlights ways in which the difficulty of living with a terminal diagnosis is compounded by the growing cultural acceptance of assisted suicide. It changes the ways in which people with terminal illnesses are thought of and treated, and the ways in which they think about themselves.
Ultimately, this is a story of hope. Stephanie’s hope is that if we can change our way of thinking about the process of dying and about those who are dying, we will be better able to provide the resources people truly need to be supported and well cared for at the end of their lives.