End-of-life issues - palliative care, quality of life, assisted suicide - explored in new book
Many people are at ease talking about various stages of their lives -- infancy and childhood, young adulthood and middle age. When it comes to the end of our lives, many of us are less open, maybe because of fear, avoidance of the unknown or awareness of the finality of death. A new book called "Finishing Our Story: Preparing for the End of Life" is designed to help people understand this final stage. The book is written by Gregory Eastwood, MD, a physician and ethicist who served for many years as president of Upstate Medical University. Eastwood discusses the dying process, how the quality of life may influence a person's death, physician-assisted suicide, palliative care and the importance of making one's wishes known.