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The Canary's Song was written to personalize the multifaceted issues surrounding end-of-life decisions and who has the right to make them. From an ethical standpoint, is society properly positioned and does it have the right to make decisions as a cultural group for an individual that runs contrary to an individual's wishes? Or does freedom of choice, including one detrimental to a single life, supersede societal wishes and mandates? In other words, if the harm inflicted is to no one but the perpetrator of the act, what interest should it be to society?
The Canary's Song is a fictional story about Mary Stuart's final day before submitting to Physician Assisted Suicide. We travel with her, experiencing her emotions and the feelings of those whose lives she impacts. As her day progresses, we learn the different viewpoints of those who love and serve her and the effect Mary's decision has on them.
The Canary's Song is an excellent book for Ethics and Bio-Ethics College and High School Honor Students to read. It is fast paced and places the consequences of Physician Assisted Suicide directly in front of the reader. There is no political stance taken in the book. It serves as a discussion launching vehicle to deeply explore the many perspectives of this controversial issue. Additionally, a Study Guide is found in the back of the book to help lead group discussions.