SEATTLE — For Diane Rehm the most important thing we can do is talk about death with our loved ones before it's too late.

In her book, When My Time Comes, the former NPR host examines all sides of the intensely personal Right-to-Die debate. Her goal was to start conversations, namely about whether those who are dying should have the right to make decisions on when their life should end.

"I, when my time comes, I want to have the right, the option, to use medical aid in dying," Rehm said. 

Currently, nine U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized physician-assisted suicide. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: “A few years ago, Diane’s husband died a slow and painful death in a local hospital, despite their requests to end his life on their terms. 

"It took him ten long days to die and he did suffer at the end, I was there the whole time," Rehm said.

Experiencing feelings of powerlessness, Diane wanted to thoroughly understand the issue, so WHEN MY TIME COMES explores the arguments from all sides that inform national legislation about medical aid in dying, each presented with Diane’s characteristic even-handedness. It is a call to action – and to conscience – and it is an important read for everyone. Death is, after all, an integral and inescapable part of life, and having the freedom to take control over the end of one’s life is an important human right.“ Penguin Books.

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