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    Initiative would have saved anguish

    JUST A few weeks ago, I held my eldest sister's hand as she took her last breath. What was her major fear, during her last days of living with metastatic breast cancer? It wasn’t about leaving her (adult) children, or about pain (she was on hospice care), or about death itself.

    What she feared most was that her life might continue for weeks or months after her ability to enjoy it had gone. We talked about this often. I hope that the voters of Massachusetts will support the “Death with Dignity” initiative on the November ballot. While my sister, in the end, went quickly on her own, knowing help would have been available had she needed it could have saved her unnecessary emotional suffering.

    Julie Nelson

    West Newton