Leading the Charge in Hospice Care
“On Death and Dying,” published by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in 1969, contains more than 500 interviews with dying patients. This book emphasizes the benefits of comfort care versus treatment in an institutional setting for terminally ill patients. The book argues that everyone deserves the right to decide what type of end-of-life care they want.
Later, in 1972, Kubler-Ross testified before the US Senate Special Committee on Aging regarding the right to die with dignity – this encompassed the right to decide about one’s end-of-life care and to choose to die at home.