In Search of Gentle Death by Richard N. Côté
The Fight for Your Right to Die With Dignity

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Death is inevitable. But bad deaths those accompanied by unnecessarily prolonged pain and suffering, often aggravated by immensely costly and frequently futile medical treatments, can be avoided. This book explores the pioneering, highly pragmatic and practical work carried out by the international death-with-dignity movement over the last forty years to eliminate the last bad death. It offers clear and valuable examples of how, through frank communication with caregivers and loved ones and the use of Advance Medical Directives such as living wills, those who are facing the possibility of death in the foreseeable future, and those who help them cope, can greatly minimize or eliminate end-of-life turmoil, family dissention, and pain. It also proposes a comprehensive rethinking of end-of-life-care assumptions and a realignment of strategies to create a caring continuum to meet the rapidly expanding demands for death with dignity in the coming years.
Richard Cote' based this unique book on five years of intensive primary source research and more than one hundred in-depth interviews with death-with-dignity pioneers, activists, physicians, nurses, hospice workers, and their patients on four continents. It is written in narrative style for a general audience and intensely documented for the scholar. It illuminates the subject using 92 images and twelve hyperlinks to exclusive YouTube video interviews with death-with-dignity leaders worldwide. It explores the modern history of the death-with-dignity movement through the lives of its founders, leaders, and activists. Using personal case histories from around the world, it also portrays the often heart-breaking conflict between the final wishes of those who are living or dying in pain and the religious, medical, and laws which force them to spend their last days, months, or even years in avoidable pain and suffering against their clearly-stated will.

Drawing on the most recent scientific and medical information, it also describes the rapid evolution of legal, dignified, readily available, painless methods which the tortured and the dying can use to hasten their own death without assistance, in the company, if they choose, of their friends and loved ones.

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Richard N. ("Dick") Côté is the internationally-known author of three acclaimed biographies, two histories, and a contemporary novel. His previous book, City of Heroes: The Great Charleston Earthquake of 1886, was published in 2006. His newest, In Search of Gentle Death: The Fight for Your Right to Die With Dignity, the product of five years' full-time work explores the history of the international death-with-dignity movement and the present-day methods that readers can use to ensure that their end-of-life directions are honored.The movement's core belief is that the right to die when, where, and under the circumstances of one's own choosing is the ultimate civil liberty. The book describes how people with terminal medical conditions or those who are experiencing unrelenting pain can plan and choose a dignified, peaceful death using simple, legal technology and methods, surrounded by their family and friends, as they choose.The book is available at and in both a deluxe hardcover / library edition and as an electronic book (eBook) in both Amazon Kindle and epub (all other ebook readers and PCs) versions. Other paper and digital book vendors in other countries will be added as soon as possible.Dick majored in political science and journalism at Butler University in Indianapolis. He spent six years in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in the Vietnam War, and then eight years conducting historical research and writing in Wisconsin. In the fall of 1979 he joined the staff of the South Carolina Historical Society, where he worked for four years before turning to writing full-time. Since the mid-1980s he has conducted extensive research into Southern biography, social history, plantation life and culture, microcultures, architecture, the Great Charleston Earthquake of 1886, and the international death-with-dignity movement. He speaks at international conferences worldwide about right-to-die issues, including Paris (2008), Melbourne (2010) and Zürich (2012).Dick has been chosen as a Featured Author and a Master Class Instructor by numerous American book festivals. In 2004 he was awarded the Bobby Gilmer Moss Award in History by the Daughters of the American Revolution for his outstanding contributions to historical writing. In the United States, he has appeared on C-Span 2/Book TV and was a featured expert in programs by Dateline NBC and The Weather Channel, as well as guest appearances on radio and TV shows and interviews in Ireland, Scotland, and in South America. He delights in sharing his love of history, biography, and end-of-life choices. Dick lives in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, USA where he writes and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Corinthian Books. He also lectures and holds seminars worldwide.
Published August 16, 2012 by Corinthian Books. 479 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Though descriptions of suicidal methods—including helium-filled “exit bags” that fit over the head and Kevorkian’s “Thanatron” and “Mercitron” devices—make for grim reading, Côté’s research intensifies and personalizes the “rational elective death” movement through a wealth of interviews, authori...

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