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WALKER: Meaning and hope in moments of despair

by Kimothy Walker.

When a well-known Ottawa chiropractor wrote to me suggesting her sister be a subject for a column because of her work with MAiD I could be forgiven for thinking maybe she cleaned houses for people in need, as the column is about people giving back.

MAiD. Medical Assistance in Dying. Huh. Totally different topic.

As someone who held my dad’s hand as he died a few months ago I wasn’t sure I was ready to write about death and dying, and that excruciating moment when a loved one stops breathing in your arms. Our family didn’t have a choice because MAiD patients have to be fully cognitive to make that decision. My dad wasn’t. Cancer had impacted his brain by the time he was diagnosed.

To read the full article on the Ottawa Sun website, please click here.

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