‘After’ by Nikki Gemmell
You will be walked through an experience many Australian families have been struck by, one that is particular to this time of medical miracles and extended life expectancy which, for some, means extended suffering.after ng
Gemmell knew her mother had chronic pain, she was aware that her mother had views about her right to choose death, but she had no idea that the ‘conversation’ was over, until she met two police constables at her gate.
The ensuing period is awash with intense shock, loss and anger; with all exposed because Gemmell’s voice has a public platform and because this kind of death is underscored with all of the cultural stigmas of suicide.
Anyone who has family should read this book. Illness strikes every life at some point and knowing the options might mean the difference between managing the last stages of life, connected with loved ones and at peace with a chosen course; or dying, desperate and alone. The latter has irrevocable consequences for loved ones left behind, who will always regret being unable to support a better choice. http://ow.ly/i/uYfAw

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