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Diane Rehm Explores The Right To Die In “When My Time Comes”

Why the Peabody Award winner separates the term “medical aid in dying” from “suicide” as she views the final stages of life.



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The concept of death can bring about feelings of fear or concern but what if you must deal with the final stages of your life due to illness or advanced age?

Diane Rehm, the retired NPR host of The Diane Rehm show, wrote When My Time Comes: Conversations About Whether Those Who Are Dying Should Have the Right to When Life Should End as a way to investigate all the angles, both for and against, of choosing to die from the political, spiritual, and psychological.

The project came about after the death of the husband of 54 years, John Rehm, who died after nine days of purposeful dehydration after the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

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