New Knowledge to Develop a Stronger Sense of Humanity in our Personal and Politial Lives
In a world that seems to be topsy-turvy, my wife, Jean, and I needed to remind ourselves of our participation in and contribution to a common human destiny that is more loving and caring. So we wrote a poem together:
Look for Beauty in all things,
Expect Love at all time,
Give from the Heart,
Be grateful for Life itself,
It proved to be especially important to us as a mantra not only to maintain our optimism about life but also to express our gratitude for life itself. We wrote two books:
Toward a More Loving and Caring World
About Book I
With Jean's help and guidance, I wrote a book based on my 25 years as a private practitioner in family and child therapy and community development. It was entitled Toward a More Loving and Caring World because is what we both believed in and tried to make happen. It was the main theme of the development of this website and it is still available through McNally's Bookstore or as an ebook from this site. There is an exerpts section on this site that shares some of the highlights of Toward a More Loving and Caring World. A picture of the book launch at McNally’s is posted at the bottom of this page.
The Power of Love's Connectivity: A Case Study of Medical Assistance in Dying
ABOUT BOOK II
In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that it would no longer be a criminal offence in Canada for physicians to assist someone to end their life under certain conditions. On June 17, 2016, the Federal Government passed legislation that detail the circumstance in which a person may be eligible for an assisted death.
In February of 2017, my wife applied for medical assistance in dying and was interviewed by two teams of clinicians to ascertain whether she was eligible. I was present with her in both interviews; our family was also present in the second interview. At the time, she was in the hospital with a heart failure. The diagnosis was terminal. Add to this, she had been unable to have a hip operation due to her heart and she was in a great deal of pain.
She was released into Palliative Care at home. But by December of 2017, her heart condition had worsened and her body was no longer responding to the pain control medications as hoped. She opted for medical assistance in dying. The procedure was carried out by the clinical team of MAID in our apartment with me at her side and her family and close friends connected emotionally and spiritually as a circle of love.
This is first and foremost, an autobiographical love story. But it is also a user’s case study of a very new and revolutionary system of medical services:
- Palliative Care
- Dignity Therapy
- Medical Assistance in Dying
- Dying with Dignity
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jean Ayre wrote her own obituary and planned her own Celebration of Life with the intent of helping others enjoy and be grateful for life in the face of death by becoming more familiar with the notion of dying with dignity. Her words are central to this book. More about Jean →
Don Ayre has put Jean’s words into the context of the new and revolutionary practices that are challenging today’s medical professionals…and us. In the very real sense that these two books are based on their mutual experience and love, they are co-authored. More about Don →