Books about VSED
The VSED Handbook: A Practical Guide to Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking
Author: Kate Christie
A combination instructional manual/personal memoir, The VSED Handbook provides detailed instructions for planning and carrying out VSED while offering glimpses into one family’s experiences with the process. Nancy Simmers, co-founder and current Coordinator of VSED Resources Northwest, wrote the foreword for the book, which she describes as “a worthy guidebook for contemplating your own end-of-life choices.”
Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking
A Compassionate, Widely Available Option for Hastening Death
Edited by Timothy E. Quill, Paul T. Menzel, Thaddeus Pope, and Judith K. Schwarz
Presents a detailed and highly accessible discussion of VSED, including eight real cases, that will appeal to the public as well as to medical, legal, and bioethics scholars
Choosing to Die
A Personal Story
by Phyllis Shacter
Phyllis Shacter courageously shares the first personal story ever written about VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking). This memoir and guidebook follows the journey she took with her husband, Alan, once he decided to VSED so he didn’t have to live into the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Please also visit The VSED Choice for more information about his journey.
How we Die – Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter
by Sherwin Nuland
Attempts to demythologize the process of dying. The author explores how we shall die, each of us in a way that will be unique.
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