Neil Rudolph, of Alamosa, doesn’t want other people to run into the obstacles his elderly parents did. His mother and father were ready to die, so they decided to stop eating and drinking. They were nearly kicked out of their assisted living center in New Mexico after making the decision. His parents continued with their plan and died in January. Rudolph is speaking out as part of new national campaign by Denver-based Compassion and Choices to let people know about their end-of-life options. Voluntarily stopping eating and drinking is a legal but controversial practice. For example, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes it, saying food and fluids are not considered medical treatment, but normal care given to any human being. Rudolph talks with CPR’s Pat Mack.
[Photo: Rudolph family]