Before We Say Goodbye
Eighty-four years old and terminally ill with cancer, psychiatrist Pat Ferguson wants nothing more than for her life, which no longer brings her joy, to be over. But when her ailing body refuses to let go, she asks her son Sean to do the unthinkable: to help her to die. Before we say goodbye is Sean Davison's personal account of the months he spent with his mother before her death. Written as a diary, it candidly recounts Davison's emotional struggle during that time, the tension between members of their family and his ultimate decision to grant his mother's last request and end her suffering. This touching, honest and thought-provoking memoir will resonate not only with countless families who have found themselves in a similar position, but with all of us who may one day have to face that choice: a choice that, for Sean Davison, would come to have life-changing consequences.
- Paperback | 240 pages
- 152.4 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 454g
- 23 Jan 2013
- Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- Parklands, South Africa
- black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
About Sean Davison
Sean Davison was born in Auckland New Zealand and spent most of his childhood on the West Coast, gaining a doctorate in microbiology at the University of Otago. He is Professor of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town where he heads a genetics laboratory whose work is applied to prove the innocence of people convicted of crimes in the past when the technology of genetics did not yet exist. Sean is married to his wife Raine, and the couple have two young boys.