The Last Goodnights
Assisting My Parents With Their Suicides
On Sale: February 1, 2009
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Non-Fiction Memoir | Self-Help
A husband and wife, both medical professionals, are
gravely ill. Rather than living in pain, they choose to end
their lives, and they turn to their son for help. Despite
the legal risks and certain emotional turmoil, he agrees—and
ultimately performs an act of love more difficult than any
The Last Goodnights provides a unique,
powerful, and unflinching look inside the reality of one of
the most galvanizing issues of our time: assisted suicide.
Told with intensity and bare honesty, John West’s account of
the deaths of two brave people is gritty and loving,
frightening and illuminating, nerve-wracking and even, at
times, darkly humorous. As West’s story places him in one of
the most difficult experiences anyone can endure, it also
offers a powerful testament to the act of death by choice,
and reveals the reasons why end-of-life issues are far too
personal for government intrusion.
The Last Goodnights points out the unnecessary pain
and suffering that is often forced upon dying people and
their families, and honors the choice to die with purpose
and dignity. In the end, this story is not just about
death—it is also about love, courage, and autonomy.
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