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  1. What prompted you to write a book about your mother's decision to end her life after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease?
  2. What was your first reaction when your mother told you she wanted to end her life?
  3. You wrote an article titled "Homage to an unsentimental mother." How did your mother approach these discussions about ending her life?
  4. How did you and your two sisters respond to your mother's wish that you be present at her death?
  5. What did you learn about the legal ramifications of assisted suicide?
  6. As a mother of two teenaged daughters, how did you explain this situation to your daughters?
  7. Why did this experience prompt you to become an advocate for assisted suicide?
  8. What does this issue mean for the many families who are caring for both children and elderly parents?
  9. Why do you think people have no problems with ending a pet's life when it is old or ill but have so much trouble with the idea of people choosing their own departure?
  10. Why should everyone discuss their wishes for their death with their family while they are well?
  11. What advice do you have for people to initiate the difficult conversation about end-of-life choices?
  12. Oregon passed the nation's first "death with dignity" law in 1994, and it is the subject of a new HBO documentary. What do you think is the future of such laws in the United States?
  13. You recently wrote about the suicide of a young woman at the same college your daughter attends. What is the key to preventing suicide among the young and able-bodied?
  14. You've invited people to share their stories of losing loved ones. Why is it so important for people to share these experiences with others?
  15. What good would you like to see come out of your book?

Public website: www.ImperfectEndings.com


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