Chapter 7: Preparing for a medically assisted death

When the plan changes

The expert says
Tara Noble MSW, RSW explains that MAID plan may change and to have a conversation when you know a definitive decision has been made(3:22)Video transcript

For various reasons, not everyone who requests and is approved for a medically assisted death will die this way.

  • They might change their mind. The person can change their mind at any time. Before giving the medication, the doctor or nurse practitioner will ask if they still wish to continue with the procedure. 
  • The illness may affect their ability to think clearly. When this happens, they can't make the final decision to die this way.
  • They may die from their illness before the assisted death can happen. 

Let children know about these possibilities in advance.