Segments in this Video

Roger Bouchard (04:18)


We see a patient being transported by a sling from his bed to a wheelchair. Bouchard never thought he would be this sick. At night, he relives his memories. Bouchard discusses his terminal diagnosis and waiting for death. (Credits)

I've Never Recovered (02:52)

We see two women bird watching in the woods. Nicole Ayoub discusses her terminal illness and appreciating what is left of her life.

Tough Decisions (03:01)

Valeda Turgeon and Jacques Artau discuss their love and enjoy a cup of coffee together; Artau is wheelchair-bound. Turgeon recalls Artau's decision to have surgery.

Disease Progression (02:06)

Jacques Artau discusses receiving news that his legs and his hands would need to be amputated. Artau refuses the surgeries.

Abandoning Treatment (02:32)

Dr. Cote addresses a medical board about the need for physicians to understand their own perception of death and illness. He considers the ethical question of when to continue treating an illness and when to stop treatment.

An Aggressive Metastasis Treatment (04:06)

Dr. Lachance and Nicole Ayoub look at her X-rays and discuss her current condition. Ayoub discusses her three operations for lung cancer and the removal of her rib cage.

A Vicious Circle (02:43)

Nicole Ayoub contemplates why she agreed with the aggressive treatment for her cancer. She considers the atmosphere and her physical condition during the rounds of operations.

Medical Power (03:26)

Dr. Senet discusses the perception of doubt and a doctor's effectiveness. Dr. Lachance states that even with modern medicine, one cannot know everything. Dr. Cote discusses the importance of recognizing that the body is sacred.

Being Ill is a Full-Time Job (03:41)

Jacques Artau discusses what it is like to be sick. He describes death as a sublime and privileged moment. Valeda Turgeon accepts Artau's medical decisions. Artau is glad he can make his own decisions with confidence.

Better Than Drugs (03:59)

Nicole Ayoub learns to guide horses to a buggy and goes on a sled ride. She states that the choice of survival is personal; she wants to live but not at any price. She reflects on her quality of life.

Doreen and Terry Graham (05:00)

Doreen gives Terry a shot in the stomach; he gets one every 10 days. Terry discusses his progressive illness and the inability to stop it. Terry prays every night and often cries. He feels that his life is garbage and wants to die.

Euthanasia (03:00)

Dr. Senet examines Lucien. He openly discusses the taboo subject of euthanasia. He states that it is up to doctors to arrange medical choices, not judge.

"Life" Does Not Interest Me (02:34)

Dr. Senet and a patient discuss the patient's desire for future medical treatment. Senet says death is difficult for doctors because doctors are trained as defenders of life. Senet defends the patient and the patient's choices and beliefs.

Medical Intervention (01:38)

Jacques Pohier and Marie-Therese Buissieres read their living wills. Roger Bouchard expresses his wishes for treatment if he suffers an accident and is incapacitated.

Living Like a Machine (03:24)

Roger Bouchard says that he will not agree to any medical alterations of his body. He wants to die "normally, honorably, and not like a vegetable in a basket." Marie-Therese Buissieres believes life is an asset. She shifts the furniture in her room.

Only Existing (04:58)

Terry Graham's son, Terry Jr., stops by for a visit, but Terry is too tired. Terry Jr. reflects on his father's quality of life. (Graphic language)

Dying With Dignity (03:52)

A nurse grooms Roger Bouchard. Jacques Pohier reads a portion of his biological will regarding euthanasia. Dr. Senet states that a living will is the product of negotiation between patient and doctor. Doctors must respect the patient's will and the social order.

Respect Our Decision (03:47)

Nicole Ayoub says one should have the right to decide to die. Marie-Therese Buissieres discusses mortality and suffering. Jacques Artau discusses death and spirituality. Valeda Turgeon wants to be close to Artau at the end.

He's Done (02:51)

Terry Graham Jr. explains his father's terminal illness. He discusses the perception of euthanasia.

Normalizing Anguish (02:47)

Dr. Senet shares his approach to euthanasia. He states that he receives approximately two euthanasia requests per month but only performs euthanasia about twice a year. Jacques Pohier says euthanasia is choosing a way to die.

Choosing the Unknown (03:49)

Nicole Ayoub recalls a friend who let herself die. Valeda Turgeon discusses Jacques Artau's final moments. Roger Bouchard prays for death to come soon.

Credits: Let Me Die (02:09)

Credits: Let Me Die

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Dying is something we generally try to avoid thinking about. But when living comes to mean wasting away, losing all autonomy, seeing one’s very identity eroded, death may be a welcome deliverance. What options does society permit? Living wills, heroic medical intervention, passive euthanasia—are these choices enough for someone in severe pain whose death is imminent? Each person has an intimate relationship with life. Why isn't it the same with death? Shouldn't we be allowed a freely chosen, dignified end when the time is right? Let Me Die explores the answers to these questions and more as critically ill people courageously speak about their quality of life and their wish to die with dignity. This documentary provides interviews with doctors who advocate a more humane, less controlling approach to illness and death. In French with English subtitles. (74 minutes)

Length: 74 minutes

Item#: EDP52017

Copyright date: ©2000

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