End-of-Life Campaign Begins

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Neil Rudolph, of Alamosa, doesn’t want other people to run into theobstacles his elderly parents did. His mother and father were ready todie, so they decided to stop eating and drinking. They were nearlykicked out of their assisted living center in New Mexico after makingthe decision. His parents continued with their plan and died in January.Rudolph is speaking out as part of new national campaign byDenver-based Compassion and Choices to let people know about theirend-of-life options. Voluntarily stopping eating and drinking is a legalbut controversial practice. For example, the U.S. Conference of CatholicBishops opposes it, saying food and fluids are not considered medicaltreatment, but normal care given to any human being. Rudolph talks with CPR’s Pat Mack.

[Photo: Rudolph family]