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This Week in the Movement
Posted by Melissa Barber on September 28, 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:
- The Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers announced their endorsement for the state's Death with Dignity initiative.
- Dr. Morris, Cody Curtis' oncologist in the groundbreaking documentary How to Die in Oregon, shared her relationship with Cody and why it was important to her to appear on camera to talk about the experience.
- Dr. Marcia Angell asked "May Doctors Help You to Die?" in the New York Review of Books.
- In an interview with the Boston Herald, Dr. Angell also explained how her personal experiences with her father's death led her to support Death with Dignity.
- A hospice chaplain described how Death with Dignity laws can allow for better quality of life in one's final days and help with the grieving process for the decedent's family.
- Residents in Williamstown and Great Barrington told why they support the Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative.
Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:
- Many online discussions occurred which highlighted the importance of advance planning for end-of-life care. Many of these conversations were spurred by a candid heart-to-heart at the Stanford TEDx conference between news anchor Tom Brokaw and his daughter, Dr. Jennifer Brokaw.
- Dr. Brokaw expanded this conversation with other doctors, including Living with Dying guest author Dr. Joseph Nowinski, on Huffington Post.
- On Milwaukee Public Radio, Stephany Lecci pointed out "Technology is allowing us to live longer with more disease, and to sustain life even when we are no longer able to communicate our wishes."
- Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy reflected on how medical practices surrounding end-of-life care are often not in line with the reality of the situation.
- Perhaps as Stu Kreisman said, it's time we started "Learning to Love Hospice".
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.