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Death With Dignity

Death With Dignity Is a Matter of Personal Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

If you have visited a news oriented website recently, you have likely heard the story of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who has an inoperable brain tumor. Rather than let the tumor dictate the terms of her death, she proactively sought an option that would allow her to end her life in a dignified and humane fashion.

What Jesus Really Thinks about Dying With Dignity

Cindy Brandt | Posted 10.17.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Surely there is a better way for Christian discourse than to resort to serious accusations of godlessness towards those who may have an alternative opinion, even if that opinion is in the minority.

Good Death vs. Doctor Knows Best

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Perhaps doctors will eventually all be adequately trained in pain management and palliative care. But even then -- and "then" is a very long way off -- must the doctor always know best? Why can't I, the patient, the person facing my own dying, be the one in control?

Why Doctors Should Be English Majors In College

Sethly Davis | Posted 10.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Sethly Davis

When someone dies, literature can explain what happens -- more memorably, more compellingly and even, sometimes, more truthfully than my EMT and pre-med textbooks do. The best stories give readers insights into human frailty, and reading them shows the readers, in their turn, how to be more humane.

The Right To Live -- And Die -- On Your Own Terms

Melanie Young | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

It's a shame you have to relocate to die on your terms. But for those who are terminally ill who want to focus on the quality of their rest of their lives rather than worry about the prolonged pain of dying, it is a choice they make to put themselves and their loved ones at ease.

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...

Why Today Wouldn't Be Such A Bad Day To Die

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Fifty
Jane Adams Ph.D.

All it takes is an awakening experience, a message from the deepest part of the self, to be aware that in certain moments of completion, contentment and even joy, today wouldn't be a bad day to die.

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.

The Moral Imperative in End-of-Life Choice Looks Different Now

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 09.17.2014 | Good News
Barbara Coombs Lee

For those of us grounded in end-of-life care and choice, the earth shook this week. Did you feel it? The shaking hasn't stopped, but the religious foundation from which aid-in-dying opponents build their strength cracked.

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 .

3 Reasons to Do Advance Care Planning on National Health Care Decisions Day

Brad Stulberg | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

While at face value these issues may seem hard to talk about, once you get started, you'll likely find yourself engaged in an intimate conversation with people you really care about, something precious in of itself that is not too common in today's world.

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.

Judge Issues Ruling On Nurse Accused Of Helping Her Father Commit Suicide

AP | MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion

A Pennsylvania judge threw out an assisted suicide charge Tuesday against a nurse accused of handing her 93-year-old terminally ill father a bottle of...

Assisted Suicide Case Raises Questions Of 'Death With Dignity'

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA -- No one may ever know Barbara Mancini's intentions when she allegedly handed her dying 93-year-old father a bottle of morphine at his c...

Dedicated to a Cause

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

Last Wednesday, March 20, the Connecticut Assembly's Public Health Committee began its consideration of a bill modeled after Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. My heart swelled as I sat with them and heard the witness of these decent, altruistic, dedicated people.

Oh, Freedom

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices
Barbara Coombs Lee

Choices mean freedom. Freedom from all that may be worse than being "buried in my grave."

Vote Like Your Future Depends on It

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

If you are disgusted at the sorry condition of our political contests and tempted to let this Election Day pass without registering a vote, please don't. Think on your sacred freedoms and know how fragile they are.

Nagui Morcos, Toronto Professor With Huntington's, Ended Life With Plea For Others

Posted 09.11.2012 | College

A Toronto college professor who set the date of his own death to head off the debilitating effects of his incurable genetic disease urged his country ...

Voting: A Matter Of Conscience

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 09.30.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

People of conscience weigh key moral issues. They study and struggle with the questions at hand. They engage in a lifetime effort to develop the fine-tuned moral sensitivity needed to understand deeply Church teaching on critical issues.

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.

A Dying Man's Last Wish: Change Our Laws

Pat LaMarche | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

Curtis Johnson, a 55-year-old business man and educator who suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis otherwise known as ALS, finds that even though he lives in Washington he cannot get the assistance he needs to end his suffering when the time comes.

What Dr. Peter Goodwin Taught Us About Death With Dignity

Felice Shapiro | Posted 06.09.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

Mid-life presents a flood of issues that force us to deal individually with events not of our own making. However, we are on common ground as we all attempt to seek peace in the aftermath of a death.

Peter Goodwin, Pioneer for Human Liberty

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

Eighteen years ago, Dr. Peter Goodwin led the fight to grant Oregonians the right to end-of-life choice. Terminally ill with a rare, fatal brain disease with no known cure, Peter exercised the right to a peaceful death he helped secure.

Doctor Who Championed 'Death With Dignity' Dies At 83

Posted 03.14.2012 | Religion

By Anne Saker Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) Peter Goodwin, the first doctor in Oregon to campaign publicly for the terminally ill to ...