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For ten years, attorney John West kept a secret about his mother and father from everyone - including his own sisters.
In a memoir called "The Last Goodnights", he reveals for the first time that he helped his terminally ill parents commit suicide - a crime in the state of California, where the deaths took place.
His father, Jolly West, a world renowned psychiatrist was diagnosed with cancer in 1998 and was told he only had months to live.
That same year, his wife Kay, a psychologist learned she had Alzheimer's.
In January 1999, West helped his father end his life. Six months later he agreed to help his mother do the same.
Today, West reveals that he still believes he did the right thing.
West is currently in the process of preparing an intense lobbying effort in various state legislatures where issues of patients’ rights, especially Death With Dignity, are being debated and decided.
The Last Goodnights Organization is the support arm for his efforts in this regard.
West also maintains a confidential consulting service, to help people who are facing (or who have already faced) the issues addressed in "The Last Goodnights".
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