This page collects useful resources that others have prepared on VSED.
New 2021 VSED Book
Our new 2021 book from Oxford University Press includes nine original, never-before-published cases on VSED and SED by AD. The book also includes citations to dozens of additional cases published in magazines, newspapers, books, and videos.
Narrative Inquiries in Bioethics
In Summer 2016, I edited an issue of the Johns Hopkins University Press journal, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics (Vol. 6, No. 2) that collects first person stories on VSED.
My Life—My Death
Carol Douglas, Bill Lukin
The Less, the Better: One Patient’s Journey with VSED
Kept Alive—The Enduring Tragedy of Margot Bentley
VSED at Home with Hospice: The experiences of a Husband and Daughter
Elizabeth Keller Jose, William S Jose
Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking: A Patient’s Right to Choose or an Act of Suicide?
‘I’d Like to Choose my Own Way:’ VSED in the Non–Terminal Patient
Sam’s Final Story
Not Here by Choice: My Husband’s Choice About How and When to Die
Life and Death on Her Own Terms
Susan Schaffer, Elliott Schaffer, Janet Malek
Sarah’s Second Attempt to Stop Eating and Drinking: Success at Last
Judith K Schwarz
To Live Long Enough to Warm the Hearts of Others: Reflections on Informing my Patient about a Peaceful Way to Die*
Stanley A Terman
The Deacon’s Mom Wants to Die.
Deacon Gregory K Webster
VSED: Death With Dignity or Without?
VSED Narratives: Exploring Complexity
Robert Horowitz, Bernard Sussman, Timothy Quill
Merits, Demands, and Challenges of VSED
Paul T. Menzel
Mom’s VSED Journey
She Never Met a Stranger—Death is No Stranger
David L Brown
Phyllis Shacter has one of the most comprehensive websites collecting all sorts of resources on VSED.
She also published a book: Choosing To Die: A Personal Story: Elective Death by Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) in the Face of Degenerative Disease
Sterbefasten Website (in German)
The www.sterbefasten.org website colects many resources on VSED, including case studies, books, and the latest news.
VSED Resources Northwest
VSED Resources Northwest is a group of Western Washington State based death doulas, hospice nurses, social workers, hospice volunteers, threshold singers, and other caregivers.
Their website is designed to increase awareness of Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED). In addition to collecting patient stories and clinical guidance, VRN offers a free initial consultation for anyone considering VSED. For those who choose to go ahead with VSED, they offer support to family members before, during, and after VSED.