Event Date: Jan 16, 2013
Friends of Compassion Gathering
Assisted Suicide: A Compassionate Path?
Dan Treecraft lived his life the way he wanted. He ended it that way, too. When diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2010, he decided against fighting the disease and began planning suicide. He died after breathing from a cylinder of nitrogen gas. Suicide is legal in Washington state and a group of close friends and family surrounded him, said his wife, Jan Treecraft. Treecraft rejected treatment for his cancer, holding to his belief that today’s medical system is run amok, an industry dominated by a perverse mantra of fighting the inevitability of death – at any cost.
Dan's widow, Jan Treecraft, will share her experience with us at the gathering. Several Friends will add their own stories, followed by inquiries and discussion as usual.
Spokane Buddhist Temple