The Last Goodnights: Assisting My Parents with Their Suicides
Title: The Last Goodnights: Assisting My Parents with Their Suicides
Author: John West
A touching memoir tells of one son’s struggle to help his gravely ill parents, both medical professionals, with committing suicide to end their suffering, the impact it has had on him, and his feelings with regard to the personal choice that was made versus the law of the land.
The Last Goodnights provides a unique, powerful, and unflinching look inside the reality of one of the most galvanizing issues of our time: assisted suicide. Told with intensity and bare honesty, John West’s account of the deaths of two brave people is gritty and loving, frightening and illuminating, nerve-wracking and even, at times, darkly humorous. As West’s story places him in one of the most difficult experiences anyone can endure, it also offers a powerful testament to the act of death by choice, and reveals the reasons why end-of-life issues are far too personal for government intrusion.
Intimately told, The Last Goodnights points out the unnecessary pain and suffering that is often forced upon dying people and their families, and honors the choice to die with purpose and dignity. In the end, this story is not just about death—it is also about love, courage, and autonomy.