Harvey Gilman, Quaker thinker, writer and broadcaster, writes about the way Quakers, individually and collectively, discern and consider a challenging issue with reference to the Quaker Testimonies.
Alison Leonard, a founder member of the Quaker Dying and Death Group, shares her personal thoughts on the challenge of assisted dying.
Martin Schweiger, a public health expert, considers assisted dying from the point of view of a Quaker doctor.
Rosemary Daley follows this with a description of her experience of working as a physician engaged in palliative care.
Tom Shakespeare, professor of disability research, explores the issue from the point of view of disabled people.
Mike Nellis, professor of criminology, looks at the legality of the issue and gives examples of practices in other countries where assisted dying has been legalised.
Jeff McMahan, professor of moral philosophy, considers the morality of assisted dying with reference to suicide, euthanasia and dementia.
Benjamin Wood, a Quaker theologian, offers a study of the morality of the issue and the difficulty it presents to Quakers.
Quentin Fowler and Judy Kessler write about dementia and its effects on the individual and carers. They give personal responses to this situation.
Anne Wade, a nurse who worked in palliative care, shares her experience of dying where love is given up to the end.
Jan Arriens describes his friendship with prisoners on Death Row and likens this experience of waiting for death with patients with terminal illness.
Quentin Fowler on dementia: If I were capable of such thoughts I could well be asking myself “Is this what I want? I have had a full life; would continuing with it be somewhat futile? Yes, I want to stop now, thank you very much.”
Anne Wade on assisted dying: Life is something extraordinary from anyone’s point of view, to be cherished, not to be terminated on grounds of expediency.
Editors: Quentin Fowler, Barbara and Paul Henderson, Judy Kessler, Jill Page
Published by Leeds Area Quaker Meeting