Death Café & Medical Aid in Dying Talk

May 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

You are welcome to join us at the West Tisbury Library for our next Death Café, hosted by Cape Cod Death Café co-founder Heather Massey as part of the Library’s “Explorations in Healthy Living” program series. This gathering will provide a comfortable atmosphere in which to share a respectful, thought-provoking, and life-affirming conversation on the topics of death, dying, and bereavement.

Following the Death Café, special guest speaker Roger Kligler, MD will give a talk about the right to medical aid in dying. Roger is a retired Falmouth physician who filed suit against the state of Massachusetts stating that there is no law in Massachusetts specifically barring physicians from providing medical aid in dying, and that physicians have the right to provide lethal medication to terminally ill patients. He will discuss the lawsuit, his evolving perspective on dying, his quest to give patients with terminal diagnoses more options to end their suffering, and his own personal journey as a doctor whose cancer diagnosis put him on the other side of the examining table.

Roger, who has Stage 4 prostate cancer, is co-chairman of the Falmouth Action Committee of Compassion and Choices, a nonprofit organization working to improve care and expand options for the end of life in the United States.

This programming is made possible by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners LSTA Grant, the West Tisbury Library Foundation, and the Friends of the West Tisbury Library. Refreshments will be served. This gathering is free and open to all.

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