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This Week in the Movement
Posted by Melissa Barber on June 29, 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 regarding Death with Dignity:
- Massachusetts-based Dignity 2012 turned in nearly double the number of signatures needed during the second—and final—round of signature-gathering for the proposed Death with Dignity initiative.
- The Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers endorsed the proposed Death with Dignity initiative.
- Oregon voters approved of their Death with Dignity Act during Ann Jackson's 20-year tenure as executive director of the Oregon Hospice Association. She was a vocal opponent before the law when into effect in 1997, and has since become a major advocate for the law. She explained why in an interview with the Globe and Mail.
- Calgary Herald columnist Naomi Lakritz clearly explained what assisted death is and isn't: "It's not about doctors making decisions for patients; it's about patients making decisions for themselves."
- Lawmakers in the Australian state of Tasmania are preparing to introduce a bill which emulates the Oregon and Washington Death with Dignity Acts.
Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:
- Writer Nora Ephron died on June 26 at the age of 71 from complications of acute myeloid leukemia. Throughout the week, people on social media shared many of her gems. One of my favorites is this NPR piece about her book I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections.
- Not necessarily about death and dying, but an important development in health care this week was that the US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. NPR created an interactive page to help people better understand the ruling.
- A group of volunteers in New York work to ensure no one dies alone.
- Psychologist Joseph Nowinski wrote an eloquent post on "Facing Frailty at End of Life".
Life's too short:
- Art isn't only displayed in galleries. Take a quick break to check out these unique street art projects.
Posted on June 29, 2012 in In the News
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