woodGregory A. Wood
Bookstore Owner
San Francisco, California
“I think a person has the right to die in his own time and observe death in its own time. The opportunity to steady the process is a part of our everyday life, then we open up to the moment of breath as the complete unopened present.”

gazeckiTyler Gazecki
Architect

Tacoma, Washington
“I have a grandmother ailing at age ninety-two; I’ve been told that she could take a pill to hasten her death. But death is a natural process and it is somewhat egocentric to place restrictions on that process.”

Robb Allan
Real Estate Investor
Palm Beach, Florida
“If everybody has to choose his or her own way through life they have the right to choose their way through death. If they ask for assistance from another person, I see nothing wrong with it. Perhaps we have an obligation to help.”

smileyMike Smiley
Retired Civil Servant
Chester, Idaho
“It’s an individual decision that has to be made and it’s not something that the government should be involved in. But I don’t know what my individual decision would be until it happened.”

Cecile Brennan
Composition
Professor Cleveland, Ohio
“My father was hooked up to life support machines against my wishes; he was in a sort of ‘limbo’ period between life and death. Through my experience with my father, I learned not to put an exclusive value on material life, or life as defined as ‘being in a body’; when that body ceases to function, one must let nature take its course. I got into a huge argument with the doctor, who accused me of having no religious background. He believed in maintaining life at all costs. What it meant to be a Buddhist at the time meant focusing on something beyond the ‘material’; life is not limited to the material realm.”

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