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Death With Dignity

Being at One With Desmond Tutu

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 ...

Bishops Step Over the Line

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

As with contraception, a free society must find the middle ground. Catholic Bishops must be free to exercise their religion, yet we cannot allow them to deny that same freedom to the rest of us.

Death and Dying: Let's Change The Subject

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.14.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Aunt Sylvia is 96 years old and if you asked her, would tell you she would like to die.

How Montana Is Revolutionizing The Movement For End-Of-Life Choice

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

The Montana experience is ongoing, with aid in dying governed by standards of practice and the same regulatory procedures as all medical care. Its impact will likely reach across our nation.

Dogma vs. Dignity

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

The choice of how to address suffering in a terminal illness must be the province of dying individuals themselves in consultation with their doctors, families, clergy and conscience.

RIP Jack Kevorkian: Pioneer, Zealot, Dramatic Foil

Scott Swenson | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

His message was simple: in an increasingly mechanized and technological age, modern medicine is trapping many sick people in a life of suffering and torture that can be alleviated if they choose.

Dying With Dignity In Oregon

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 07.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

Every day people die agonizing deaths from terminal illness. Every day their loved ones suffer with them.

Japan: The Psychology Behind Dignity

Tijana Milosevic | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tijana Milosevic

I wonder whether dignity and pride, as perceived by the Japanese, might underlie seemingly disparate reactions to life hurdles.