News and Resources

News items are generally single articles or blog posts. Resources are more in-depth, less time-sensitive places to explore themes and ideas. If you have items to add to our list, please contact us.

News

"Today, Recompose — which would convert human remains to soil — is still just a concept. But it's approaching reality, with scientific testing done at Washington State University and legislative support in Olympia."

"“We can’t say with any kind of certainty what the number is going to be, but I don’t think it would be outrageous to say there could be 1,000 people in California who would be getting a prescription in the next year,” said Matt Whitaker, California director of Compassion & Choices, a Denver-based nonprofit that advocates for end-of-life planning, including hospice and palliative care."

The architecture of hospitals and hospices should be reexamined. Let in the light and air!

Funeral home/burial costs MUST become transparent.

Is physician assisted death a "natural" death?

Now we know his intentions!

"Mr. Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, has given little indication of his intentions."

Mr. Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, has given little indication of his intentions.

"Senate Bill 128 would have allowed doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients. It passed the Senate last month, but stalled in the Assembly Health Committee two weeks ago over increasing objections from Latino Democrats."

Opinion piece in the New York Times.

Good article on the "Death With Dignity" bill now before the California Assembly.

"We also must do a better job of providing physicians with the tools and support to have honest discussions with patients about prognosis and quality of life. Every patient deserves a clear, fact-based assessment of life expectancy, untempered by heroic intent."

From Scientific American: "Right before dying, many people experience vivid and meaningful dreams and visions, according to accounts across cultures and throughout history. Yet little scientific research has investigated the phenomenon. A new study in the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, the first study to focus primarily on the patient's perspective, found that most of these dreams are a source of personal comfort."

Resources

"Pokémon Go gives players the opportunity to have important conversations about death"

Fascinating interview with Katie Roiphe whose book, The Violet Hour is a study of writers and their approaches to death and dying. 

An Intelligence Squared debate on whether extending lifespans is a good idea or not.

10 Talks on Death:

"Death is a topic that is relevant to us all, and yet it simply isn’t pleasant to talk about. These speakers offer subtle reframes to help us face this fact of life more thoughtfully and with greater compassion."

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.

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