Dr. Roger Kligler will give a free talk at the Falmouth Jewish Congregation on “The Death I Want: A Talk and Discussion on Medical Aid in Dying ”on Tuesday, December 11, at 2 PM in the congregation’s Blanche & Joel D. Seifer Community Center at 7 Hatchville Road.
Dr. Kligler will discuss his journey from physician to patient to advocate, followed by a question-and-answer session. The talk will encompass medical aid in dying (MAiD). Refreshments will be served. Facilities are accessible to all, and there is ample parking. Reservations are not required.
Dr. Kligler is a retired internist who has incurable metastatic prostate cancer. For many years, he practiced in Brockton, where he was an internist and medical director of Goddard Medical Associates and Bridgewater-Goddard-Park Medical Associates. He has extensive experience with end-of-life care. Since his retirement and move to Falmouth, he has devoted his time volunteering with Compassion & Choices, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofits dedicated to improving care and expanding options at the end of life.
He is working tirelessly to educate on medical aid in dying (MAiD) across the commonwealth and among state legislators to enable passage of important legislation. Medical aid in dying would give those who are terminally ill with a prognosis of six months or less to live the right, if their suffering becomes unbearable, to obtain a prescription from their physician to self-ingest a medication that would provide a peaceful ending.
Dr. Kligler is lobbying for passage of MAiD legislation known as An Act Relative to End of Life Options and is also suing the commonwealth for the option of MAiD. He worked with the Massachusetts Medical Society to change its stance opposing MAiD to “engaged neutrality,” meaning that the society will work toward training physicians on MAiD and end-of-life care once MAiD is authorized in the commonwealth.
Falmouth Jewish Congregation is a Reform Jewish synagogue serving the Upper Cape and beyond. It has a website, www.falmouthjewish.org.