As she was dying of cancer in 2015, 90-year-old Eileen Dawe kept a diary. Despite her clearly stated wish to die she was forced to endure 17 painful weeks until the disease finally took her. Hoping to hasten nature’s course, she began to starve herself to death. In her diary she wrote, ‘My country’s laws decree “Death by a thousand cuts for me”.’
Eileen’s is one of 72 testimonies in this book that describe with horrifying clarity the damage being done across Australia in the absence of a law for voluntary assisted dying. Written by sons, daughters, husbands, wives, partners, and friends, as well as the dying themselves, they detail trauma and suffering on a staggering scale.
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