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Many of us who support the right to choose at life’s end will sympathize with this letter to the editor of the New York Times from Final Exit Network published on April 2, 2020.

To the Editor:

“I Love the World, but I Cannot Stay,” by Mary Pipher (Sunday Review,
March 8), captures a sentiment that many of us older people try to
articulate to our families and friends. How do I want to deal with
death and what should I expect when I die?

It makes me wonder why more people don’t want to make efforts to
manage their death in a way that supports their beliefs. I suspect
that some people will be discussing this as they deal with the
Covid-19 virus and all of its unknowns.

I, for one, want to live as long as I can without severe suffering or
a significant loss of autonomy. I don’t want doctors to tell me when I
should die, and I don’t want to waste a lot of money trying to live
for a few more months.

I have procured the things I need for a peaceful death, and hope that
I never have to use them, but feel very good knowing that I have them.

Brian Ruder, Portland, Oregon
The writer is president of the Final Exit Network.
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