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This Week in the Movement
Posted by Melissa Barber on November 30, 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:
- Death with Dignity was a hot topic in the NE this week with stories from Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
- Reporter Dan Ring from The Republican took a close look at who gave millions of dollars to mislead voters about Death with Dignity in Massachusetts.
- Jeffrey Ziegler, contributor to Media Watchdogg, wrote about the data and facts about Death with Dignity laws.
- A poll came out this week which found large majorities of people in western European countries favor the legalization of assisted death.
Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:
- This week's #DWDchat discussion on Twitter focused on substitute decision makers and the decisions they have to make.
- From Philly.com: "Hospice volunteers help families cope with loss".
- Debate about the Liverpool Care Pathway for end-of-life care has been a big topic of debate in the UK recently. Medical Ethics and Me turned to "The Wisdom of a Dying Physician" for some perspective.
- Jane Brody from The New York Times wrote about how sometimes doctors suggest futile therapies to their dying patients because they don't want their patients to think they're abandoning them.
Life's too short:
- You'll need to open this in the Chrome browser, but this tour of the cosmos is pretty stellar.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson is very good as explaining complex information in a clear and easy to understand manner. Here's his assessment of the upcoming end of the world.
- Yep, I'm a sucker for all things related to cats. I think I just figured out where I'm taking my next vacation.
Defend dignity. Take action.
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.