Letter: Perform MAiD with patient top of mind

Editor: I strongly agree with Avis Picton’s views that medically assisted death should be performed with the patient in mind.

My husband recently died a most painful death while in palliative hospital care. He had prepared for MAiD but passed away before invoking that right.

When we reviewed the rules around MAiD, we were most distressed to find that if he had been transferred to hospice care, he would have to be transferred back to the hospital for his final day.

You cannot imagine the soul searching that a person goes through to end their life and to do it in an unfamiliar, sterile environment should not be part of that decision. Hospice staff and volunteers need to stop thinking about themselves and think about the patient.

Dianne Guinn,

Langley

Just Posted

Halloween on horseback

Langley riders club celebrates the season

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Who won and who didn’t in the Lower Mainland votes

A look at the region’s mayoral races, starting with Doug McCallum coming back to win in Surrey

Celebrating success at LCMS

As music school approaches its 50th anniversary, retiring principal Susan Magnusson looks back

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Canada Post union announces rotating strikes in four Canadian cities

Mail will still be delivered but it will be delayed

Vancouver drag queens receive royal treatment during Kootenay Pride

Vancouver drag queens discuss the importance of Pride and growing acceptance of LGBTQ community

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

B.C. man sets new Canadian marathon record at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Cam Levins ran it in two hours nine minutes 25 seconds

B.C. Liberals’ hopes high as Nanaimo by-election approaches

Historically safe NDP seat vacated by long-time MLA Leonard Krog

Leaving B.C.’s electoral reform to a referendum is ‘ridiculous’: professor

B.C. voters getting ballots in the mail on proposal to change electoral system

Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

The Saudi government claimed Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a ‘fistfight’

One year to election: Trudeau Liberals gear up for tussles on climate, premiers

Analysts say that the Liberals have reason to be ‘fairly confident’

Most Read