For nearly four decades, Derek Humphry has blazed a trail for the right to die movement. He founded the Hemlock Society, pioneered Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, and wrote the bestselling book Final Exit : The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying (1991).
Humphry also wrote Jean’s Way (1978) about his beloved wife, Jean, who was diagnosed with cancer. This international bestseller is a moving account of Jean’s carefully planned self-deliverance from suffering. It is the story of the author’s terminally ill wife of 42 years, who asked him to help end her life to avoid further suffering in the final stages. The right-to-die aspect of this book launched him into an unexpected career of spokesperson for the burgeoning movement.
Good Life, Good Death: The Memoir of a Right to Die Pioneer is Humphry’s poignant memoir, reveals the personal pain and emotional distress they endured, as well as the legal repercussions Derek faced following his wife’s death. To know why he has maintained this struggle for choice in dying, against powerful religious and political forces it is necessary to understand the whole man. Readers will appreciate the fight he has gone through so that others might consider the option of dying with dignity.