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Death With Dignity

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

Allen Frances | Posted 04.21.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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 03.27.2015 | 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? 

Assisted Suicide Bill Gets Posthumous Endorsement From Woman Who Inspired It

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill woman who went public with her decision to have a physician-assisted suicide and reignited efforts to legalize the ...

Dying Woman Shares Powerful 'Death With Dignity' Message For CA Lawmakers

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living

In a HuffPost Live interview Monday, Christy O'Donnell, an attorney and former LAPD sergeant, made a plea to California lawmakers: She wants to leave ...

Assisted Suicide Bill Gets Dianne Feinstein's Endorsement

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) came out in support of California's End of Life Option Act on Tuesday in a letter written to the assisted suicid...

The Final Promise Brittany Maynard's Husband Made Before She Died

OWN | Posted 03.17.2015 | OWN

Coping with a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer at age 29 was an unimaginable struggle for newlywed Brittany Maynard. Facing a six-month life expecta...

Brittany Maynard's Husband Recalls Her 'Peaceful' Last Moments

OWN | Posted 03.13.2015 | OWN

When 29-year-old newlywed Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with brain cancer last year, one thing was certain: She was going to fight to hold onto the b...

Death with Dignity and Self-Determination

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Dana Beyer

Too often we don't end up extending life; rather, we extend dying. For those who define meaning in a manner that imbues them with the desire to go out on their own terms, this law gives them that choice.

More States Consider 'Death With Dignity' Laws

Pew's Stateline | Michael Ollove | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Christopher Mathias

Brittany Maynard's Story Moves New York Lawmakers To Introduce Death With Dignity Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics

New York state lawmakers have introduced a "death with dignity" bill that would make the state the sixth in the U.S. to allow terminally ill adults to...

Dying: A Human Touch

Mindy Utay | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Mindy Utay

I was fortunate that nature allowed me the chance to give Phoebe a peaceful death, and that has brought me peace in return. But I wonder about the human deaths that are coming, my own and those of the people I love. Will I have the grace to be there for them at their final breath?

How Brittany Maynard's Husband Carries On Her Fight For Death With Dignity

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living

It's been two months since Death With Dignity advocate Brittany Maynard chose to peacefully end her own life after battling terminal cancer -- a choic...

Saying Goodbye, and Hello to 2015

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 03.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Fran Moreland Johns

My friend M has died, just shy of the old year's end and significantly decreasing the joy of the new. But her dying was full of life lessons about saying goodbye, being grateful and trying to ring in a better planet for the days ahead.

Elder Suicide Pill: Bad Idea

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 01.20.2015 | Fifty
Fran Moreland Johns

A suicide pill for everyone over 85? Not the wisest plan to suggest right now. But it is, in fact, a possibility put forth by Joyce Appleby, Professor Emerita of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Right to Die

James Van Praagh | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
James Van Praagh

I think Brittany Maynard is a hero. She did not want to die. An illness was killing her, and she made a brave decision to leave this Earth before that happened -- even though her own government and some critics didn't make it easy for her.

Was Jesus' Death an Act of "Empire-Assisted Suicide?"

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

In case this feels to trite or clinical, consider the reference to war above. In a typical context, anyone would tend to agree that a teenager putting themselves into harm's way, in which death was all but inevitable, would be tragically wrong.

Love Fierce As the Grave... and Better Than Death With Dignity

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 01.10.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I have been sought out by Christ in his strong covenant affection; I am his, and he is mine. In him I have been chosen and sealed until the day of redemption, when our love will become not a temporary but an eternal reality.

Brittany Maynard: Where Does the Debate End?

Kait Sawyer | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Kait Sawyer

Brittany had a choice, and she chose. What gives the rest of us the authority to judge or praise?

Brittany Maynard and the Search for Better End-of-Life Care in the U.S.

Kristen Little | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristen Little

Death with dignity doesn't cause death, it merely allows patients who are dying some measure of control over a situation in which their agency has already been severely compromised.

Thank You, Brittany

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 01.02.2015 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

What Brittany did for Compassion & Choices, and for you and me, far exceeds what any one person might ordinarily have done. Hers was an extraordinary demonstration of how to live, and die.

A Look At Oregon's 'Death With Dignity' Law, Which Allowed Brittany Maynard To End Her Life

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

Death with Dignity advocate Brittany Maynard's choice to die Saturday has shed light on the laws that would allow terminally ill people to take a fata...

Will God Condemn Brittany Maynard for Ending Her Life?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Jewish tradition has a nuanced approach to this challenge. Thoughtful rabbis and scholars disagree. What is clear, however, is the various factors that matter in making the decision.