Azadeh Quenneville

Azadeh Quenneville was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She immigrated to California in 1977. After completing her studies, she met a young Canadian man named Ghislain Quenneville. For two-and-a-half years, Ghislain and Azadeh wrote letters to each other. Ghislain was living in Elliot Lake, Ontario during this time.

Azadeh decided to make a big move in her early 30’s to start a family in Elliot Lake. Together they ran a successful small business and raised a family of four.

Once all the children left home and after 30 years in business, the two started considering retirement. Within the first year of this new chapter, the couple was faced with a new challenge: Ghislain was diagnosed with stage four Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

For many years, the couple followed all the milestones in the pursuit of dying with dignity laws in Canada. While in treatment at Health Science North in Sudbury, the legalization of medical assistance in dying came into law. Ghislain had tears in his eyes knowing, after all the work of those before him, he had the right to have a choice. While in the process of filling the request, Ghislain and Azadeh renewed the vows in hospital in the presence of family.

Azadeh walked every step of this path, hand-in-hand, with the love of her life. On January 14th, 2017 surrounded by family, Ghislain was able to relieve his pain and suffering. Thanks to our government at the time, an unexplainable peace surrounded the room and his family.

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“Having the right to die with dignity is a miracle. With the time it provided our family, we celebrated one last Christmas together, renewed our vows, and spent hours reminiscing with our children.”