“Hope and Dignity: Ray Spooner’s End of Life Story”

This has been a crazy 11 months and I often ask what Ray would have thought about the pandemic and now the storming of the US Capital. I have been rereading some of Ray’s journal entries and find comfort in his words. One thing I do know for sure, Ray wanted his story to be shared with those that were seeking information and possibly answers. He never thought he had the answers but thought his story would shed light on matters not spoken of easily; death and dying. Once Ray lost his ability to speak, I became his voice. Through presentations to medical students, talks to charitable organizations, and interviews covering dying, death, ALS and caregiving, I have been able to continue his purpose. I invite you to this webinar featuring the documentary R.S.

Thank you for your continued interest in Ray’s blog

Rae Spooner (the other Ray)

Dear Blog followers,

I’d like to invite you to “Hope and Dignity: Ray Spooner’s End of Life Story,” a film screening followed by a discussion. Ray Spooner died of ALS in 2016, and a film called “R.S.” was made about his determination to finish his life on his own terms in the face of a debilitating disease.

His widow, Rae Spooner, will present the short movie about Ray, and attendees will be offered an opportunity to share their reactions to the story. Sponsored by Compassion & Choices Illinois, this screening is scheduled for Thursday, January 28 at noon.

WHAT: A film screening of “R.S.,” followed by a discussion
WHEN: Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. CT
WHERE: Via Zoom – register here

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to think about our own mortality, and Ray’s story provides an example of how to face the end of life with grace, making every moment count. This screening will give you the opportunity to talk to other advocates in the area, share your personal stories and find out what you can do to help improve end-of-life care for all Illinois residents.
 Click here to RSVP
I look forward to seeing you,


Amy Sherman
Midwest Campaign Manager
Compassion & ChoicesCompassion & Choices
101 SW Madison Street
Portland, OR 97207
United States