Five years ago, Vermont made history as the first state to adopt an end-of-life choice law through legislative action. Vermont’s Act 39 allows mentally competent adults who face an impending death from terminal illness to choose medical aid in dying.
Two upcoming events commemorate the anniversary of this groundbreaking law.
On May 16, the public is invited to the Statehouse in Montpelier from 4 to 6 p.m. to hear Lt. Governor David Zuckerman and other legislators and families with Act 39 experience speak in recognition of this anniversary.
End-of-life issues are difficult and efforts to communicate about them can be very challenging. Writer, composer and actor Eliott Cherry experienced the loss of a loved one and chose not to avoid having those intimate conversations. Instead, he transformed his journals from those days into a multi-media tribute called “A Finished Heart.”
His one-act play is a theatrical portrayal of those conversations and he will present it in three Vermont communities this month:
• May 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Norwich.
• May 18 at the Shelburne Town Hall.
• May 19 at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph.
All performances begin at 7 p.m.
Each event will include an opportunity for audience members to engage in a conversation about end-of-life choice issues following the show.
Tickets are by donation (suggested $10-$50 per person). Reservations can be made at PatientChoices.org/Events or at 391-9911.