Special series: A Good Goodbye
A radio and digital series on CBC BC on medical assistance in dying.
A Good Good-bye is an in-depth look at medical assistance in dying on both CBC BC radio and digital.
Dr. Stefanie Green is a medical assistance in dying (MAiD) assessor and provider on Vancouver Island. She will share her thoughts on why B.C. has nearly double the national average for assisted death.
- READ the story: B.C. has highest rate of medically assisted death in Canada
Royston, B.C., resident Diane Stringfellow has been approved for assisted death and will share the reactions she receives from people when she tells them of her decision.
- HEAR the documentary B.C. woman says she wants to go out with her boots on
Legislation requiring two independent witnesses to any assisted death is a challenge as most family members and health-care providers aren't eligible. Ellen Agger, co-chair of Dying with Dignity, Victoria chapter, volunteers as an independent witness and will discuss the difficulties an extremely ill person has in finding two witnesses.
How does a family support a loved one through an assisted death? Dave Miller will share the journey he and his wife Storm shared in the lead-up to her death.
- HEAR the documentary B.C. man shares story of wife's assisted death
Dr. Jonathan Reggler provides assisted death on Vancouver Island and will discuss his concerns about faith-based hospitals and residential care facilities that don't permit assisted death on their premises.
- READ the story B.C. doctor predicts ban on assisted death in faith-based institutions will go to court
For the final episode of the series, producer Jean Paetkau shares what it's like to explore stories and controversies surrounding assisted death in B.C. Her piece includes the perspective of Noreen Campbell, one of the first people in Canada to be approved for medical assistance in dying.
- Listen to the interview A Good Good-bye: An in-depth look at medical assistance in dying in BC
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