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Death With Dignity

Elder Suicide Pill: Bad Idea

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 11.21.2014 | 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 11.13.2014 | 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 11.13.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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.

Brittany Maynard: A Tragedy, But Not a Controversy

Margie Omero | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Margie Omero

Death with dignity is an issue with consistent majority support that somehow endures being described as "controversial." But a vocal minority has been given a disproportionately outsized platform.

If You Could Choose How to Die, Would You?

Dan Duffy | Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

Do you know Brittany Maynard? You should. She is the woman whose story has gone viral, especially in the right-to-die community of which, admittedly, I am not a member.

Open Letter to Brittany Maynard

Wendy Berk | Posted 10.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy Berk

I respect the courage you expressed in not only making the decision to end your life, but for sharing it with the world.

Brittany Maynard Brought Much-Needed Attention to Brain Cancer and Choosing Dignity

Mark Green | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Green

Brittany's public, controversial, and very brave decision has helped me reflect upon my own three years of living with this disease, and the gripping fear I face with each MRI, as I hold my breath and watch the doctor pull up the screen on his laptop.

My Brain Cancer Patient Father Is Still Alive, Despite the Claim of a People.com Commenter

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Davis Schneiderman

I know that the meaning my father's slow death -- and yes, his continuing if uncomfortable life -- may well be no meaning at all. So, please, Internet troll, don't bury a man who (if he gets his way) will still be here 10 years from now.

Death With Dignity Is a Matter of Personal Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 12.20.2014 | 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 12.17.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.14.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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.