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This Week in the Movement
Posted by Melissa Barber on June 1, 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.
Efforts to enact Death with Dignity:
- Fancesca Bastarache interviewed prominent supporters of the Massachusetts efforts, Dr. Marcia Angell and Heather Clish, on her radio program. Scroll down on this page to listen to the podcast of these interviews, and read more about Angell and Clish in our recap of Boston Globe Magazine's in-depth feature about the proposed Massachusetts Death with Dignity Act.
- Paula Span summarized the upcoming debate about Death with Dignity in Massachusetts on her New York Times, New Old Age blog.
- A new poll by Vermont Business Magazine, WCAX TV, and WDEV Radio found 72% of Vermonters support Death with Dignity legislation. Guess it's about time for Vermont lawmakers to respect the will of the the people, eh?
Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:
- Two writers who spoke plainly about death and dying died this week.
- Dudley Clendinen, a former national correspondent and editorial writer for the New York Times, died after a slow decline from ALS. Last July he wrote in a opinion piece, "I'd rather die. I respect the wishes of people who want to live as long as they can. But I would like the same respect for those of us who decide — rationally — not to."
- When Doug Gosling learned his prostate cancer was no longer treatable, he began blogging about his thoughts and experiences living with a terminal illness. Dying Digitally was his effort to help others learn more about death and dying and speak more openly about it. He had a substantial following on Twitter, and in honor of his work, we dedicated this week's TweetChat to him.
- USA Today reported technology is changing the way we grieve. Have you determined where you'd want your QR code to direct people?
- Dr. Leeat Granek, a guest author on our blog, published a study which found, "Not only do doctors experience grief, but the professional taboo on the emotion also has negative consequences for the doctors themselves, as well as for the quality of care they provide."
Posted on June 1, 2012 in In the News
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