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Imperfect Endings - A Daughter's Tale of Life and Death

Zoe FitzGerald Carter

After twenty years of living with terminal illness, Zoe FitzGerald Carter's mother decided to end her life-and asked her three daughters for their assistance. For months, the decision dragged on as her mother changed her methods and schedule, and the negotiations stirred up old memories, sibling rivalries, and questions about family loyalty. Eventually, there was compromise and courage, and Zoe's mother had her happy-if imperfect-ending. Zoe and her sisters struggled to accept the imminent death of their mother, circling around the same questions: Who will help her? Will they go to jail? Can they bear to let her die alone? With a doctor prescribing lethal doses of sleep medication, a visit from a member of the Hemlock Society's "Final Exit Network," and the temptations of overdosing on morphine, the issues and people in Imperfect Endings are at the center of the debate on assisted suicide. With echoes of bestselling grief memoirs like Elegy for Iris and The Year of Magical Thinking, Carter's memoir is the unforgettable story of a family learning to love and to let go.

After twenty years of living with terminal illness, Zoe FitzGerald Carter's mother decided to end her life-and asked her three daughters for their assistance. For months, the decision dragged on as her mother changed her methods and schedule, and the negotiations stirred up old memories, sibling rivalries, and questions about family loyalty. Eventually, there was compromise and courage, and Zoe's mother had her happy-if imperfect-ending. Zoe and her sisters struggled to accept the imminent death of their mother, circling around the same questions: Who will help her? Will they go to jail? Can they bear to let her die alone? With a doctor prescribing lethal doses of sleep medication, a visit from a member of the Hemlock Society's "Final Exit Network," and the temptations of overdosing on morphine, the issues and people in Imperfect Endings are at the center of the debate on assisted suicide. With echoes of bestselling grief memoirs like Elegy for Iris and The Year of Magical Thinking, Carter's memoir is the unforgettable story of a family learning to love and to let go.
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After twenty years of living with terminal illness, Zoe FitzGerald Carter's mother decided to end her life-and asked her three daughters for their assistance. For months, the decision dragged on as her mother changed her methods and schedule, and the negotiations stirred up old memories, sibling rivalries, and questions about family loyalty. Eventually, there was compromise and courage, and Zoe's mother had her happy-if imperfect-ending. Zoe and her sisters struggled to accept the imminent death of their mother, circling around the same questions: Who will help her? Will they go to jail? Can they bear to let her die alone? With a doctor prescribing lethal doses of sleep medication, a visit from a member of the Hemlock Society's "Final Exit Network," and the temptations of overdosing on morphine, the issues and people in Imperfect Endings are at the center of the debate on assisted suicide. With echoes of bestselling grief memoirs like Elegy for Iris and The Year of Magical Thinking, Carter's memoir is the unforgettable story of a family learning to love and to let go.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Karen White

Length:

8h 35m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

31:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

34:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

12:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:07


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:32


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:54


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

25:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:07


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:36


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

18:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

13:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

13:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

24:29


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

17:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

12:29


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:23