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Death With Dignity

How Cannabis Came to My Rescue

Erin Donley | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Erin Donley

Can we just stop for a minute and marvel at how our suffering as humans is decreasing by the minute? In Oregon, cannabis is now available for adult use with no illness or explanation necessary.

How California's End Of Life Option Act Could Have Changed My Mother's Death

Jessica Vogelsang | Posted 10.12.2015 | Fifty
Jessica Vogelsang

Instead of concentrating on my time with my mother, I spent most of it worrying. It's not the inevitability of the outcome that matters in these situations, it's the little bits of control we are given in times where so much of it has been taken away. And that would have changed so much.

A Bereaved Mother On The Right To Die Bill

Aida Salazar | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Aida Salazar

We took our baby girl home from the hospital soon after we took her off life support. We signed "Do Not Resuscitate" documents and we were assigned hospice care especially for children. It took 21 days. With each cavernous minute, I prayed for death to be swift.

Right-To-Die Opponents Are Trying To Repeal California's New Law

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

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A Grave Decision for Californians!

Joni Eareckson Tada | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Joni Eareckson Tada

People with disabilities know how to deal with catastrophic losses, but this loss is too much. Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed a dangerous bill making California the 5th state to legalize assisted suicide, following Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Vermont.

Right To Die Becomes Law In California

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

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Dear Governor Brown: I Don't Want to Die on Cancer's Terms

Naomi Sichler | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Naomi Sichler

Governor Brown: I urge you to sign ABX2-15. Give me and the dozens of other amazing humans I've met on my journey with cancer (and the countless others I've never met) some peace and relief from the dread of those final months.

Doctors, Death and Dignity: The Semantics of 'Suicide'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.18.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Death is the enemy, and it is not. Death is simple and inevitable, and inexplicably complicated.

Right-To-Die Bill Passes In California

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics

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California Assembly Passes Right-To-Die Bill Inspired By Brittany Maynard

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A hard-fought measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide in California cleared the state Assembly on Wednesday desp...

Right-To-Die Bill Inspired By Brittany Maynard Advances In California

Reuters | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

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Death With Dignity Advocates Say Most Catholic Voters Support The Right To Die

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion

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Right-To-Die Advocates Face Strong Opposition From Catholics

The Associated Press | FENIT NIRAPPIL | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Legislation that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives has met strong oppositi...

Right-To-Die Bill Abandoned In California

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

A California bill that would allow terminally ill patients to seek a physician-assisted death failed to advance in the state legislature on Tuesday. ...

California Lawmakers Advance Right-To-Die Bill Inspired By Brittany Maynard

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

California's state Senate voted Thursday to advance legislation allowing terminally ill patients to choose to end their own lives with the assistance ...

You Are Now Entering the Twilight Zone

George Heymont | Posted 06.04.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Two of the most provocative shorts screened during CAAMfest 2015 focused on how technology has changed our lives. In a nine-minute fantasy filmed at Lighthouse Waffles and Cake in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles, director Wen Ren examined the impact of smartphones, online dating and social media on real-life interactions between human beings.

The Death With Dignity Movement Just Had A 'Major Breakthrough'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

A medical group that has long opposed doctor-assisted death has reversed course and dropped its opposition to the practice, saying the decision should...

California Lawyer With Terminal Cancer Sues State For Right To Die Peacefully

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

Three California residents with advanced or terminal diseases, along with a doctor, filed a lawsuit against the state of California last week seeking ...

Choosing a Better Death

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

The movement toward "good" death - legalized medical aid in dying - has been growing for decades in the U.S., but has been gaining momentum and attention in recent months.

Life: Sexually-Transmitted and Fatal

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Fran Moreland Johns

Life is a sexually-transmitted condition that is invariably fatal. That well-phrased truth -- often attributed to British author Neil Gaiman -- led...

Life Is Not a Premortality Condition, and Death Is Not Treatment Failure

Allen Frances | Posted 06.21.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

When you look hard and long enough for an abnormal lab test value, eventually you will find it -- too often a meaningless false-positive outlier that, left alone, would have no impact on your life. The unnecessary testing and treatments triggered by incidental findings carry substantial harms and risks. In your effort to achieve a perfectly healthy body, you wind up hurting your health.

Daily Meditation: Song For The Dead

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Tips for Teaching a Death and Dying Class in Your Community

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

If you are searching for a way to improve end-of-life awareness and make a lasting impact on society you might consider teaching a class on death and ...

What One Woman Learned After Caring For Her Husband Through Lung Cancer

Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living

In 2005, Laura and her husband Tim opened a bakery in Ypsilanti, Michigan, fulfilling a lifelong goal of Tim's. In July 2012, Tim was diagnosed with s...

Death vs. Life: One Size Does Not Fit All

Marion Leary | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Marion Leary

Somewhat recently a cardiac arrest survivor I helped to resuscitate was diagnosed with a terminal disease. This brought about the question, is it better to go quickly, not knowing the end is near, or is it better to have extra time on this earth, but know that you and your family may have to endure an end full of potential suffering?