Letters: Oct. 9, 2000

Dying on Our Own Terms

"In our society a murderer gets more compassion than a person who has led an exemplary life and becomes terminally ill." MARVIN C. ARTHUR Las Vegas

Thank you for your article "A Kinder, Gentler Death" [SOCIETY, Sept. 18]. I watched my father die of colon cancer while under hospice care. I asked the people on the hospice staff how they could work in such a depressing environment. The answer stunned me. They didn't focus on the sadness; they focused on the care they provided to the patient and the family, making sure it was a "good...

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