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Compassion and Choices

A 29-Year-Old Woman's Heartbreaking Choice To Access Death With Dignity

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living

Brittany Maynard is planning to die on Nov. 1, and she's fighting to expand end-of-life choices for others in similar situations. Maynard had just...

Being at One With Desmond Tutu

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Support for Death With Dignity from across the ocean is encouraging. And when it comes from Desmond Tutu it carries a particularly gratifying weight.

A Doctor Turns Patient

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Not every doctor gets an extended view of what his or her patients experience, and some who do fail to get the message. But one who did -- and has shared both the experience and its message(s) is a recently recovered friend and end-of-life issues colleague .

Laboratories-of-the-States: The Good... and the Bad

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

Will a few states rule the United States? Or fundamentally change it? And if so, who are the winners and losers? Depending on your point of view, this "laboratory-of-the-states" business is good news today... or not.

In the Cause(s) of Justice

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

Aggressive plans to legalize death with dignity are underway in several other states. Most supporters -- this writer included -- believe it will only take a few more until the movement for compassion, autonomy and justice at life's end becomes a right to everyone in the U.S.

Elder Abuse: A National Tragedy

Ashley B. Carson | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Ashley B. Carson

Elder abuse occurs on a regular basis, affecting some of the most vulnerable members of our society. What's even worse is that for every reported case of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, experts believe there are five that go unreported. We must put an end to it.

Death: The Final Word?

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 07.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert V. Taylor

In spite of decades working with the dying and bereaved families, my familiarity with end-of-life choices, death and grief was now staring me in the face, reflecting the image of the woman who gave birth to me.

Good News From Kentucky!

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 03.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

The year 2011 closed with good news out of Kentucky. On Friday Governor Steve Beshear refused to approve a Louisville hospital merger that threatened patient choice.

End of Life Consultations: Adults Only

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

Some leaders prefer to confine us in childhood, so we need never acknowledge, grieve over or plan for our own deaths. A childish approach to end-of-life issues permeated the August recess.

Linda Fleming: Wash. State Suicide Law Sees First Death

AP | RACHEL LA CORTE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A 66-year-old woman with terminal cancer has become the first person to die under Washington state's new assisted suicide law, ...