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Suggested questions for Zoe FitzGerald Carter:
- What prompted you to write a book about your mother's decision to end her life after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease?
- What was your first reaction when your mother told you she wanted to end her life?
- You wrote an article titled "Homage to an unsentimental mother." How did your mother approach these discussions about ending her life?
- How did you and your two sisters respond to your mother's wish that you be present at her death?
- What did you learn about the legal ramifications of assisted suicide?
- As a mother of two teenaged daughters, how did you explain this situation to your daughters?
- Why did this experience prompt you to become an advocate for assisted suicide?
- What does this issue mean for the many families who are caring for both children and elderly parents?
- Why do you think people have no problems with ending a pet's life when it is old or ill but have so much trouble with the idea of people choosing their own departure?
- Why should everyone discuss their wishes for their death with their family while they are well?
- What advice do you have for people to initiate the difficult conversation about end-of-life choices?
passed the nation's first "death with dignity" law in 1994, and it is the subject of a new HBO documentary. What do you think is the future of such laws in the Oregon ? United States
- You recently wrote about the suicide of a young woman at the same college your daughter attends. What is the key to preventing suicide among the young and able-bodied?
- You've invited people to share their stories of losing loved ones. Why is it so important for people to share these experiences with others?
- What good would you like to see come out of your book?
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