Responsibility of journalism is beyond sensationalism

Your May 5 article sensationalizing spurious claims about a hospice-assisted death was a breach of good journalism. In failing to adequately investigate concocted allegations made by estranged children of the deceased, the front-page story served to discredit and defame a respected physician, Islands Hospice, and two loved, respected members of our community, Heather and Rob Parsons. I’ve worked as a psychotherapist for 30 years so have a different perspective on what transpired.

For 20 years Heather Parsons has worked as a massage therapist and assistant at seminars I teach. My clients have said, “I feel more love from Heather than from anyone in my life.”

To hear this from one person would be extraordinary but to hear it repeatedly over years is profound. Heather is an extraordinarily compassionate and warm being who would never cause harm to another.

I think that Fay Block, faced with excruciating, debilitating pain, reached out for her help and gave her assets because she finally felt genuine care and love from someone.

I’ve worked with dying patients that wanted to do a “good deed’ at the end of their life.

It makes sense that Fay’s good deed went to the person that showed her love and support rather than her children who shunned her during her time of greatest need.

I hope you’ll carefully review the documents sent by attorney Anthony Ranken and write a follow-up article that includes the truth of this matter.

Please consider the responsibility of journalism beyond sensationalism.

Debra Taylor

Fairfax, Calif., and Kihei

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