End of Life Coalition Meets in Capital City
"Name a proxy to make decisions for you if you can't. Talk with that person about your views and values, about Terry Schiavo and Nancy Cruzan, and talk with the rest of your family about the rest of that discussion," advised Bill Colby, keynote speaker at the End of Life seminar.
Colby successfully argued in a 1990 landmark legal case that Nancy Cruzan's family had the right to remove the young woman from life support after she was in a vegetative state for 7 years.
Coalition members said end-of-life decisions are not about death, but about what people want.
"From a physician's point of view, what we're talking about is empowering patients, and their families, and also just citizens in general to have their wishes be honored," explained Dr. Clay Anderson.
"Everyone comes to the table for different reasons, whether it's a personal reason or it's the profession you work in. But the point is, we all need to get there somehow," added Denise Clemonds, who became aware of the issues when her mother became ill.
The End of Life Coalition said meetings like this are a good first step toward that final destination.