Interesting. Just read an article from the Health Affairs blog of a UCLA study on assisted dying practices. They found:
…[A]s the UCLA committee expected, most of what patients needed was to discuss their feelings about their approaching death and process their grief and sense of loss. This mirrors data from the entire state of California as well as Oregon, which suggest that the distress prompting patients to request these lethal medications primarily stems from their fear over losing control at the end of life. It is not, as many may think, due primarily to physical suffering.
Only a quarter of the patients ultimately went on to ingest the lethal drugs they came requesting. The actual data is more complex: Some who requested this service did not meet the basic requirements to receive it. Others died before they had a chance to ingest the medications. But the staff from UCLA reported case after case in which patients’ goals shifted from wanting to hasten their deaths to deciding to live out the remainder of their lives.
This is exactly what I found when I did research in The Netherlands on euthanasia. Essentially, by talking about what you need at the end of life (your hopes and fears), you find clarity and social connection making the hastening of death unnecessary for many. Healing comes (even at the end of life) in talking through what matters most to you with the people who matter most to you.