R979 Fall 2018 Medical Aid-in-Dying
Wednesday, 2:15–3:40, Oct. 10
Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center, Lake Anne
Instructor: Mike Pearlman
Most people don’t know 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. Some 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. Seven 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 and the efforts to legalize MAID in Virginia. It will allow people to share their thoughts and to discuss the issues calmly and thoughtfully.
Mike Pearlman is a volunteer with the Northern Virginia Action Team of Compassion and Choices. He worked in the DC and federal prison systems for over 30 years. In addition, he has served as a college adjunct for over 25 years teaching criminal justice and sociology courses. He also has served on the national Board of Directors for a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and support to patients, families and caregivers for a rare disease that currently has no cure.