VSED – Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking at the end of life, is a legal but controversial topic in many states and countries. Judith Schwarz PhD, RN and Clinical Director with End of Life Choices New York, explains what VSED is and isn’t. Who are the most likely candidates, and who would choose this option? Judith is a researcher, lecturer and author on this topic, and supported many suffering patients and their families to know if this is a viable option at the end of life. This is not to be confused with Medically Assisted Dying and not death by suicide.*
*Please note if this episode prompts thoughts of self-harm, dial 988 in the US or 13 11 14 in Australia for immediate crisis counseling, or your country’s equivalent.