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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, nonprofit organization, has been the leading advocate in the Death with Dignity movement. Individual contributions helped us pass new Death with Dignity laws in Washington and Vermont, defend the Oregon law, and provide education and outreach programs for the vitality of the Death with Dignity movement.