Dr. Roger Kligler Speaks at FJC on "The Death I Want"
Tuesday, December 11 at 2:00 P.M. Open to the public and free of charge
Falmouth Jewish Congregation welcomes all to a free, public talk by Dr. Roger Kligler on “The Death I Want” and medical aid in dying (MAiD). Dr. Kligler’s talk on his journey from physician, to patient, to advocate, will take place on Tuesday, December 11 at 2:00 P.M. at Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s Blanche & Joel D. Seifer Community Center at 7 Hatchville Road. Refreshments will be served and a discussion and Q & A will follow the talk. Facilities are accessible to all and there is ample parking. Reservations are not required.
Dr. Kligler is a retired Internist with incurable metastatic prostate cancer. For many years, Dr. Kligler 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, the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit dedicated to improving care and expanding options at the end of life.
Dr. Kligler works tirelessly to educate on medical aid in dying (MAiD) across the Commonwealth and among our legislators to enable passage of this important legislation. Medical aid in dying would give those who are terminally ill with a prognosis of 6 month 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 the 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 towards training physicians on MAiD and end of life care once MAiD is authorized in the Commonwealth.