Sep 25 2012
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Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012
Your Right to Die as You Choose
It’s your life and it should be your choice as to how and when you die. That’s what BC resident Gloria Taylor believed.
That’s why Taylor, who has Lou Gehrig’s disease, took her case for the right to die to the BC Supreme Court this year.
And when Judge Lynn Smith ruled in June that the laws banning doctor-assisted suicide were unconstitutional, it looked like Taylor had won.
But now the federal government is appealing the decision. Has anything really changed since the Sue Rodriguez appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1993?
Wanda Morris, Executive Director of Dying with Dignity, will be discussing these legal challenges in a presentation and workshop at the First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo Sunday, Oct. 14th.
Morris, a Unitarian and former lay chaplain, will give a talk on Dying with Dignity as part of the 11 am service, held in the fellowship hall at 595 Townsite Road.
Then, after the service, from 1-3 pm, she will lead a workshop that will look at the Canadian experience and what has happened in jurisdictions that have legalized the right to die.
Members of the public are welcome to attend this free event.
Dying with Dignity was started more than 30 years ago at the First Unitarian Church of Toronto, and its membership includes many Unitarians from across Canada.
Morris says that her work as a Unitarian lay chaplain was instrumental in guiding her to her current role as Executive Director of Dying With Dignity.
“I saw first-hand the healing that was possible from meaningful memorial services. This led me to further conversations about death and dying and ultimately my becoming a voice for improved quality of dying and end of life choices in Canada”.
[Editor's Note: The First Unitarian Fellowship's post about this event is: http://ufon.ca/sunday-services/dying-with-dignity/. Dying With Dignity's post about this event is at: http://www.dyingwithdignity.ca/2012/05/01/why-choice-in-dying-lets-look-at-the-facts-nanaimo.php]