F803 Summer 2018 Medical Aid in Dying
Wednesday, 9:40–11:05, July 25
Instructor: Victoria Almquist
Most people don’t know for sure how they’ll react when they know death is imminent. It’s difficult for people when they are healthy to imagine how well they’ll be able to tolerate severe pain or disability. Many people facing the prospect of imminent death are willing to accept serious pain or reduced quality of life in order to buy more time. Others would choose a different path if they could, or at least they’d like the comfort of having the full range of options available to them. Six states and DC have legalized medical aid in dying (MAID) for terminally ill, mentally capable adults. Many other states, including Virginia, are now considering legalizing MAID. This course intends to offer information about MAID. It will allow people to share their experiences and to discuss MAID calmly and thoughtfully. Attendees will also hear about efforts to legalize MAID in Virginia.
Victoria Almquist is a volunteer with the Northern Virginia Action Team of Compassion and Choices. She has over 30 years of experience working in policy advocacy, primarily on public health and health care issues.