By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Taryn Grant reported on October 6 for CBC news that Jack Sorenson, Katherine Sorenson’s husband, died on Saturday, after a three judge panel of Nova Scotia Court of Appeal decided that they had no role in reviewing euthanasia assessments, even if a euthanasia assessment was wrong.
Katherine believed that her husband of 48 years, who was approved for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) euthanasia even though he received conflicting assessments. “She opposed his request for MAID because she said his wish to die was rooted in anxiety and mental delusions,” Grant reported.
Katherine’s lawyer, Hugh Scher, sought an injunction to prevent the euthanasia death. The affidavit stated that Jack was not terminally ill, that he had questionable capacity to decide and he had “delusional” beliefs concerning his medical condition.
Grant interviewed Katherine for the CBC news article. Katherine stated:
She learned of his death when the funeral home called to tell her they had his body.s
She said that after months of separation, his passing was not a shock and she was doing “pretty well, considering.”
“I’ve had a wonderful life with Jack. There have been, as with any marriage, lots of varying opinions between the spouses and I thought we did a pretty good job of reconciling two pretty opposite views,” she said, referring to their difference of religion. She is a practising Christian and he had been an atheist since his early adulthood.
When communicating with Katherine, it was sad to learn that she was not informed about her husband’s death until after the funeral home received him.
Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.