How to Die in Oregon

How to Die in Oregon

DVD - 2012
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In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end his or her life. Since 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. Filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether, and when, to end their lives by lethal overdose.
" of the most significant documentaries of this still-young decade..."--Chicago Sun-Times
" of the top ten documentaries of the year..."--IndieWire
"An affecting profile of the patient aid-in-dying debate."--Hollywood Reporter
"An intelligent, sincere film..."--Video Librarian
Publisher: [United States] : Docuramafilms, 2012.
ISBN: 9781422995242
Branch Call Number: DVD 179. 7 HOW
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Nov 18, 2018

Following the lives (and deaths) of a handful of Oregonians who chose to take advantage of Oregon's "Death with Dignity" act, as well as their families, Peter Richardson’s intimate documentary doesn’t set out to expose the pros and cons of a medically assisted death but instead focuses on the choice itself and what it means to people who are facing a future of suffering and pain. One woman keeps setting her death date back as her terminal liver cancer goes in and out of quiescence. An 84-year old man calmly records his own eulogy in a rich baritone. A Seattle widow honours her late husband’s dying wish by trying to pass a similar bill in Washington State. And even though Richardson does give some air time to those opposed to the idea of doctors prescribing fatal doses of barbiturates (the law states that patients must be able to take the oral medication themselves) his sympathies obviously lie with those people who have come to know that in life there are sometimes things worse than death—a realization which sheds a whole new light on the medical credo, “Do No Harm”. An emotional experience regardless of which side of the debate you happen to be on.

Apr 07, 2017

Interesting. Spent too much time with I think her name was Jody last person on the documentary.. I have a living will and would take a cocktail if I was in pain and could longer could care for my self and lose control of bodily functions. I don't want to be a burden to family and spend all our IIRA'S to prolong life. I am a volunteer at Hospice in Kansas.

JCLHelenH Jan 09, 2017

Recommended for those who are curious about Oregon’s Death with Dignity law, both for and against.

Sep 08, 2016

Went into this with an open mind - left in opposition to the right to die folks. While I sympathized with the families and do not disagree with their right to free choice, it was hard to like the lady who is selling death. While I was turned off by the market created by the right to die, this film should be watched and openly discussed.

Jan 24, 2016

Timely to watch as Canada enters this frontier. The documentary does not explore risk to vulnerable people in a substantial way, issues that may arise as mental capacity is lost, or impacts on health care providers & the health system. It does however offer a thoughtful & compassionate exploration from a right to die perspective in situations where the person who is ill is clearly competent and surrounded by supportive family & care providers.

Sep 30, 2015

A very well done documentary of free choice. Should be included in civic education.

Jul 14, 2015

A very moving documentary. I hope that those not in favour of legalizing the right to die in Canada see the film. A lot of the fears associated with this issue are addressed here.

Mar 10, 2015

Oregonians, and now Washingtonians, have put the dignity back into dying as we watch their dying to their very last breath thank unreservedly their neighbours for having granted them this most profound of choices - bring Kleenex, you might not be able to stand it

Feb 01, 2015

this is definitely on the side of choice, as am I, but does present the anti side as well. a big thanks to all those who were willing and able to share their end-of-life journeys.

Jul 21, 2012

This is a look at an issue that has been controversial. While following some people who have prescriptions for their own death, it also presents some of the opposing views to medical euthanasia and why the regulations in Oregon and Washington are not doctor-assisted suicides. It gave me an appreciation for why each person made the decisions they made, and the fact that before they take the medication, they are told they can change their minds.

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