When My Time Comes

Diane Rehm
Longtime public radio host and podcaster Diane Rehm examines both side of the divisive right-to-die issue in a discussion of her new book. She draws from the harrowing experience of her late husband, plus interviews with other terminally ill patients, spouses and other relatives, ethicists, and right-to-die opponents.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Program: 
6:30 pm
Event Audio

Arguments in the divisive right-to-die debate range from legal to spiritual, ethical, and social. Longtime public radio host and podcaster Diane Rehm found her position and voice—in favor of laws allowing the terminally ill to end their lives with medical assistance—with the 2014 death of her husband.

Ready to die after being incapacitated by Parkinson’s disease but prohibited by the state of Maryland from securing help, John Rehm chose to stop eating and drinking. Diane was by his side for 10 harrowing days before he succumbed.

In a discussion of her new book When My Time Comes, she examines both sides of the issue, drawing from interviews with terminally ill patients, their spouses and other relatives, ethicists, and strong opponents of the movement.

Co-presented by Rainy Day Books.