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"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."
"There are times that come along that we are forced to face issues of our own mortality and consider what might or should happen after we pass. Will we be respected? Will we be treated with dignity?
When the news came through social media that Jennifer Gable, age 32, had passed away, it left many shocked that such a young woman could die so suddenly. Then the news that left nearly the entire transgender community and many others absolutely maddened was the news that her family refused to recognize Jennifer as the woman she was."
"Is "dying with dignity" the best way to describe assisted suicide? Or is the term used too loosely now, offering false hope to us all?"
"There's only one group of people who really know what happens when you die: the dead. And since the dead won't be revealing their secrets anytime soon, it's up to scientists to explain what happens when a person dies."
"Eighteen Americans will die today while waiting for a kidney. For many of them, that didn’t need to be the case."
"To Aubrey de Grey, the body is a machine. Just as a restored classic car can celebrate its hundredth birthday in peak condition, in the future, we’ll maintain our bodies’ cellular components to stave off the diseases of old age and live longer, healthier lives."
Former palliative care nurse Naomi Wood said the Death Cafe event in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, would create an informal environment for the community - rather than a medical or religious setting - to come together and reclaim the subject of mortality.
The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.
Brittany Maynard's story and choice to end her life made headlines and sparked renewed conversation and interest in assisted suicide, also know as the death with dignity movement. This fund is designed to support the efforts to provide this option to everyone.
A group of funeral industry professionals, academics, and artists exploring ways to prepare a death phobic culture for their inevitable mortality.
"There is one thing I can be sure of: I am going to die. But what am I to make of that fact? This course will examine a number of issues that arise once we begin to reflect on our mortality."
To the Best of Our Knowledge has a five part series dedicated to death, dying, mortality and end of life care. Each show features a series of interviews.