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About Us
When Jo was approached by the publisher Peter Owen to discuss the idea of writing a book on assisted dying she immediately thought that it must have been done before. However no one had written at length in book form on the subject since Peter Owen looked at the issue in 1986. Jo was extremely busy with her full time job as Campaigns and Press Manager at Dignity in Dying so she enlisted the help of her friend and colleague, Lesley Close.

Jo invited contributions for the book from experts in the field and used her knowledge to write a chapter on the history of assisted dying. Lesley interviewed some of the families who have suffered under the current law and wrote about their experiences.

 

Lesley Close
Lesley was born in Oxford, the youngest of three children. Her brother John developed motor neurone disease and chose to end his life with help from Dignitas in May 2003. Lesley has spoken extensively on the subject of assisted dying since John's death and was made a Patron of Dignity in Dying in 2009. She has previously written a book about a Yorkshire textile artist and published an e-book about her brother's life in 2013.

 

Jo Cartwright
As part of her undergraduate studies Jo cared for a young woman with Huntington's disease and cancer. Jo witnessed the woman suffering terrible pain, despite the best palliative care, before she died. During her time at Dignity in Dying - she joined the organisation in 2006 - Jo has worked closely with families affected by the same issues. She has vowed to challenge the present law in memory of the young woman she cared for.

 




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