Sunday, March 23, 2014

VSED / VRFF - Example of Dorothy Conlon

Sarasota, Florida's Herald-Tribune newspaper has a fantastic website on the life and death of Dorothy Conlon.  Conlon recently decided to hasten her death by voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED).  

I have written about the legality of VSED (aka voluntarily refusing food and fluid VRFF) both here and here.  But the Herald-Tribune website provides a very nice first-person perspective on approaching and going through the process.

Plus, this week, two panel discussions are planned to provide the public with immediate opportunities to engage with experts on this topic.
Expert panel discussion presented by the Herald-Tribune, USF Sarasota-Manatee and Sarasota County Libraries.Tuesday, March 25, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.Selby Auditorium, USFSM campus 8350 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota Seating limited. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. 
Dorothy's Choice: A Conversation about End-of-Life Issues Expert panel discussion presented by the Herald-Tribune, USF Sarasota-Manatee and Sarasota County Libraries.Thursday, March 27, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.Jacaranda Public Library 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice Seating limited with doors open at 1:30 p.m.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Herald-Tribune article is good, but it paints a grim picture of VSED: ""It did not change my views morally, spiritually or ethically at all, but if someone asked me to do this again, I'd tell them I want no part of it," says Helen. "I'd strongly suggest they look into all the reasons they want to leave — and then that they get some goddamn pills."

Ronn said...

A good book on this topic written by a family member:
"Life, Death and Iguanas"
Marc Newhouse