Praise for Finish Strong and Barbara Coombs Lee

Diane Rehm

Former host and executive producer of The Diane Rehm Show, and author of "On My Own"

“There is no more authoritative or informed individual than Barbara Coombs Lee to lead us in the battle for a peaceful and dignified end-of-life journey. She has been at the forefront since she helped draft the nation’s first medical-aid-in-dying law in Oregon. She covers all the issues we must address—from opening the conversations with our families to informing doctors about the kind of care we want at the end of our lives. Read Finish Strong and use it as a guide to consider your own final decisions.”

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

“Barbara Coombs Lee’s new book Finish Strong will help people who want to pass the gift of life back into the hands of their God thankfully and with dignity. It is a blessing.”

Haider Warraich, M.D.

Author of "Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life"

“This book is a guide for people who want to help their doctors see them as partners. It’s for people who want their doctors to talk to them with candor and kindness and tailor medical treatment to whatever is most important to them in the final chapter of their lives. I was honored to write the foreword.”

Betty Rollin

Author of "Last Wish” and “First, You Cry"

“Adults have the right to decide their own course of treatment at the end of life. Barbara Coombs Lee’s wise and compassionate book shows how best to do that.”

Gov. Barbara Roberts

Oregon Governor 1991–95 and author of "Death Without Denial, Grief Without Apology"

“Barbara Coombs Lee gives much-needed guidance on how we can keep our priorities straight as illness advances, helping us approach the end of life without inadvertently getting on a conveyor belt of tests, treatments and misery. Finish Strong serves as a ‘field manual’ for exploration of autonomy and self-determination in healthcare during the closing years of life.”

Jeanne Phillips

“Dear Abby” advice columnist

Finish Strong is the clarion call for the end-of-life choice movement just as Our Bodies, Ourselves was for the women’s movement. Barbara Coombs Lee’s book is an important book, full of candid, helpful advice for people navigating the final stage of their lives.”

Dan Diaz

Devoted husband of Brittany Maynard and advocate for end-of-life options

“Barbara Coombs Lee’s accounts of experiencing a good death in Finish Strong include the story of my wife, Brittany Maynard. Brittany’s determination to have control over her life’s end was possible because of Barbara’s advocacy for patients’ autonomy and her determination to challenge misguided norms.

“As a society, we need to acknowledge that a positive dying experience should not be left to chance. Barbara shows that it is not something to fear, instead, it’s something we should revere. Experiencing a good death is merely the conclusion of a good life.”

David Muller, M.D.

Dean for Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York

Finish Strong is the kind of book that comes along once in a generation, and Barbara Coombs Lee is nothing short of a historic figure. This book is a game-changing, paradigm-shifting work that will define an inflection point in the way our country thinks about and cares for people who are dying.”

Barak Wolff, MPH

Santa Fe, NM

“A few weeks back a friend and elder activist in Santa Fe held up a dog-eared copy of Finish Strong and said it is one of the most important books she’s read in years and she carried on for a few minutes about it. I sent off for a copy and immediately read the forward and preface, loved it, and then put it aside to bring on vacation. I finished the book this morning. I am very impressed and delighted with the information, the organization, the history, the many stories, the level of personal sharing, and the quality of the writing. It is a joy to have so much lived understanding and honest thinking in one place. Thank you Barbara Coombs Lee for sharing so fully your experiences and your insights into all of this end-of-life stuff, which is both compelling and worthy of the attention. I appreciate it and will share it widely.”