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This Week in the Movement
Posted by Melissa Barber on April 20, 2012
Throughout the week, we keep people up-to-date with information about the Death with Dignity movement and other topics related to end-of-life care through Facebook and Twitter. Below are highlights from this week.
Assisted death in the US:
- Vermont Senators came very close to having a full debate and vote about their proposed Death with Dignity law. Read a recap of Vermont supporters' efforts on our blog.
- Back in March, Julie Sabatier with DIY on Oregon Public Broadcasting held an interview with long-time Death with Dignity advocate Dr. Peter Goodwin before he died. She just published the extended interview on their website (Episode 2, The Conversations and starts at about 37:45).
Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:
- Monday, the 16th, was the fifth annual National Healthcare Decisions Day, a national effort to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. A big part of National Healthcare Decision Day is getting many bloggers to rally together to put forth this common message. One of our favorites from this year is Janice Van Dyck's article on the Huffington Post, "When Your Loved Ones Hold Your Life in Their Hands".
- An article in the News Tribune, "Have you hugged your doctor today? It might be the best medicine", was a good reminder that doctors are people too, and I found it a bit discouraging doctors are often trained to check their emotions at the door when treating patients.
- Three times this week—from three different countries—I came across moving audio and video clips of people who face death and share their experiences:
Perhaps the taboo of talking about death truly is diminishing! After all, as we become more comfortable talking about death and how we want to die, we're much more likely to die the way we'd like.
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You are the key to ensuring well-crafted Death with Dignity laws for all Americans. With your financial and volunteer help, the Death with Dignity National Center, a 501(c)(3), non-partisan, non-profit organization, has been the leading advocate in the death with dignity movement. Member contributions helped us pass a new Death with Dignity law in Washington, defend the Oregon law, and provide education and outreach programs for the vitality of the death with dignity movement.