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Last Wish
Last Wish
Author: Betty Rollin
What do you do when your seventy-six-year-old mother, who is dying - too slowly - of cancer, tells you she wants to commit suicide? What do you do when she asks you to help? These are the questions that recently confronted Betty Rollin when her mother - bedridden, in unrelenting pain, and with a hopeless prognosis - resolved to take ultimat...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780671525972
ISBN-10: 0671525972
Publication Date: 9/1985
Pages: 236
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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ferretlover avatar reviewed Last Wish on
A story told with compassion, anger, humor, and most importantly, profound love. The controversial and courageous true story of a mothers dark victory and a daughters love.
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I enjoyed this book. It was well written and of course the author being a journalist you would expect that. The only thing was that it was kind of drepressing, as most of the book was about her mother having cancer and what she had to go through. But all in all I liked the book and intend to read others of hers.
emeraldfire avatar reviewed Last Wish on
In a time when tempers flare over Oregon's assisted-suicide law, and the debate still rages on both sides of the issue regarding Jack Kevorkian's physician-aided 'death with dignity' practice - Betty Rollin's groundbreaking New York Times Bestseller, Last Wish is an intimate, fiercely honest memoir of a daughter's struggle to come to terms with her terminally ill mother Ida's, decision to die. More than a simple examination of the ethical, spiritual, and technical aspects of assisted suicide, Last Wish is a celebration of Ms. Rollin's imperfect family, a passionate tribute to Ida's character and courage in the face of adversity, and a compelling argument for the right of the terminally ill to a humane and dignified death.

I must say that while this book certainly is sad, by no means is it written in a morose or depressing way. I found it incredibly poignant and down-to-earth. This family faced an impossible, emotionally grueling situation and dealt with their issues in the most courageous and loving manner possible. I give this book an A+!
jazzysmom avatar reviewed Last Wish on + 907 more book reviews
This is the true story of how Betty Rollins choose to handle her death notice. I say notice as that is just what it was--the doctor walked in and said Malignant and Metastasis and walked out of the room. She has a close relatioship with her daughter and she is preparing her family for her death. But they are not truely surprised that she would pick the time and place herself rather than wait for life to pick for her. She puts on her makeup and decides that this is the time. I loved this story as Betty had alot of courage and loved life and her family so much. She decided to go with dignity--I believe she deserved dignity.. Lovely read.