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This Week in the Movement
Posted by Melissa Barber on September 14, 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 advocate, Dr. Marcia Angell, and Death with Dignity National Center Executive Director, Peg Sandeen were featured in an article by the Pew Center of the States.
- In Williamstown, MA, a local grassroots committee talked to their fellow residents about the state's Death with Dignity initiative.
- Some upcoming events in Massachusetts to help people learn more about their iniative were announced:
- Thursday, Sept. 20, State Rep. Kaufman will hold a public policy forum.
- Monday, Oct. 15, Boston University School of Law will host their Pike lecture featuring Dr. Marcia Angell.
- Michael Sales from Newburyport, MA explained why he supports the state's Death with Dignity initiative.
Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:
- The effects of using euphemisms to describe death was the topic for this week's chat hosted by advocate Nora Miller.
- In a similar vein, NPR interviewed Hitchens' widow, and she talked about how they both disliked the battle analogies when talking about cancer: "I'm not fighting it; it's fighting me."
- In The Week, Bill Frist asked, "How do you want to die?"
- This week the US recalled the difficult events of September 11, 2001. The Atlantic shared "The Story of the Only American Not on Earth on September 11th".
- Dr. Mikkael Sekeres shared a poignant story about caring for the family of one of his patients who died of leukemia.
Life's too short:
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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.