I attended the "Death with Dignity" forum on October 14, 2013, featuring Dr. Kress and was intrigued by what was presented. Dr. Kress explained how he came to be a physician who offered aid in dying, and it was apparent that he made this decision with the utmost contemplation and care. Dr. Kress is an inspiration and a hero for speaking out on this controversial issue and making a stand for the rights of those who are at the end of their life.
If I am faced with a terminal illness I want the option to have aid in dying not only to relieve my suffering, but to ensure a peaceful passing. Since the only way this prescription could be given and carried out is if I am competent, the idea of knowing that my death would be my decision and not weighing on my family is of great importance to me. It is very upsetting to have to spend those last moments losing my bodily functions and riled in pain because some people want to impose their idea of morality on my death.
There were some people at my table who shared their story about looking into an aid in dying option for a family member or loved one and I was moved by their willingness to share. It made the aid in dying all that more important as an option that should be offered.
I am very pleased that the City Club of Missoula hosted this event and how much of a service they offer the people of Missoula. I am especially fond of their mission statement, "New Ideas—Free Exchange of Thought."