Stories About Change

Corinea's story

I am a mother of three who grew up in a sleepy retirement community on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. I was brought up on a farm by my grandparents and great-grandparents who raised me on Christian values. Naturally, I developed a love of nature and compassion for animals, which made it hard for me when the time came to say goodbye.

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Lauri's story

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Lauri Briltz, left, with her late mother, Sandi.

On January 26, 2015 I lost my dear, sweet mother. She was 70 years old.

She lived for over eight years with a death sentence hanging over her. She fought hard but I wouldn’t wish her last weeks of “life” on anyone.

My mother’s final days consisted of her yelling at the top of her lungs for hours: “Daddy, please, please. Daddy, help me, please” and “Someone please, help me, please, please, please.”

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Gloria's story

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Gloria Taylor was a pioneer. She was the first person in Canada to win the right to die with help of a doctor. And she led the charge to make the right to a peaceful death a reality for the rest of us.

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George's Story

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The following account of my wife's final illness is an effort to focus attention on the Supreme Court’s decision on physician assisted dying, not to be confused with suicide.

Lorraine first started having dizziness around February 2013. By mid-April, her balance was off and she had pains down her right leg. She had already started physio and medication, but nothing seemed to help.

Her unsteadiness worsened and by May, she needed a cane and assistance to walk. Her regression had started to speed up. By month’s end, she required a four-wheeled walker and assistance just to stand.

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