Books & Articles


Dignified Dying, a Guide (2015)   by Boudewijn Chabot, M.D., Ph.D.   Gives details on how to use two methods of self-deliverance, the Helium Method and the Medication Method (prescription drugs).  Contains the latest information on which drugs to use and their dosages.  

Stopping Eating and Drinking, a Guide (2015), by Boudewijn Chabot, M.D., Ph.D.  Explains the stopping-eating-and-drinking method (SED) of self-deliverance.   Palliative care is essential over a period of days.

Knocking on Heaven’s Door (The Path to a Better Way of Dying) (2013), by Katy Butler.  The best and latest book of its kind.  An intimate look at prolonged dying caused by medical intervention, and the burdens placed on a professor’s wife, the caregiver for six years and his daughter, the author.   Her mother (the caregiver) chooses a different path.  If you read anything, read this.

In Search of Gentle Death  (2012), by Richard M. Cote.  Going back to 1975, Cote gives the history of the right-to-die movement by looking at the world leaders of the movement.

Death, Dying & Dessert (Reflections on 20 Questions About Dying) (2013), by Susan Able Lieberman, Ph.D.  Another wonderful recent book that grew out of discussions with friends. Contains a list of end-of-life considerations, such as wills,  that are in addition to health care issues (p. 55).  (Hard cover only, as of 10/13)

How We Die Now (Intimacy and the work of Dying) (2013) by Karla Erickson.  Discusses the ambiguous time between fully living and death.  Draws on the experiences of care givers in this gray period.

Doctor, Please Help Me Die (2013), by  Tom Preston, M.D.  Preston shows how many doctors fail their patients by not discussing dying with them.  Preston was a leader in the State of Washington’s adoption of physician assisted euthanasia.

Final Victory (Taking Charge of the Last Stages of Life) (2000), by Tom Preston, M.D.  Preston tells you to take charge.  Living Wills (advance directives) have their limitations.  (Hard cover.)

A Better Way of Dying (Why Your Living Will is Not Enough; How to Make the Best Choices at the End of Life) (2010), by sisters Jeanne Fitzpatrick, M.D., and Eileen M. Fitzpatrick, J.D.   A form entitled “Contract for Compassionate Care” is given.  It is basically a health care & DNR directive with instructions to the proxy, and a request for comfort care.  The philosophy of the book is: your choice to die a natural death can be honored, if that’s your wish.  Go to  for more info, their form, and an opportunity to purchase the book.

Talking About Death  (2001), by Virginia Morris, a journalist.  The end of life is often painful and lonely, but it can be a beautiful and enriching experience for all — if you plan for it.  No forms.

Euthanasia – Choice and Death  (2005), by Gail Tullock.  Discusses the philosophical and legal issues raised by ehthanasia.

On Death and Dying (What the dying have to teach doctors, nurses,clergy and their own families) (1969), by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.  This is considered by many to be the classic book on the end of life. It describes five stages of dying.  It has recently been updated, though the original is still available.  No forms.

California Law  Here is the California law and the statutory form.  Select “Laws,” then “Probate Code,” then sections 4700-4701.  Free.


Bill Simmons does not endorse or warrant the efficacy of the forms contained that are contained in some of the sources listed above.  They take a different approach, and give differing points of view. Note: the books are linked to Amazon; just click the book you are interested in.

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