Why Casey Kasem’s Daughter Is Witholding Fluids And Food From Her Dad

It something I’ve wondered about for a couple of weeks: what went into Kerri Kasem’s decision to withhold medication, food, and fluids from her dying dad?

Thursday on her Facebook page, she offered this reasoning:

“Transitioning our father’s treatment to comfort-oriented care was one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make. For people who do not understand the natural dying process: Giving food and water to a dying body creates pain and further suffering. The body does not want or require food or water anymore in the dying process. My father can no longer digest foods and fluids fill his lungs up and will suffocate him. My Dad IS on pain meds.”

“For the last 11 days, our father has been surrounded day and night by love and care by his daughters Kerri and Julie, his son Mike, his brother Mouner and sister-in-law Mary, and his dear friend Gonzalo Venecia.”

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Casey in his hour of need.


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