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This Week in the Movement
Posted by Melissa Barber on February 22, 2013
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 California Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care heard testimony by former board member of the Death with Dignity National Center Mike White.
- Caring.com interviewed yours truly to help their readers learn more about the Death with Dignity National Center and the laws we support.
- A Barre Times Argus editorial took issue with the compromise which was struck on the proposed Vermont Death with Dignity bill.
- Assemblyman John Burzichelli responded to an ill researched and poorly written editorial on NJ.com about the Death with Dignity bill he sponsored.
- The largest opponent to Death with Dignity laws is the Catholic Church as an organization, but many Catholics don't agree with their Church's official stance on the matter.
- Disappointingly, after the Montana Senate Judiciary Committee tabled a bill which would have codified safeguards to guide doctor-patient conversations about assisted death last week, the House Judiciary Committee moved a bill forward which would explicitly ban doctors from helping their terminally ill patients die. I'll continue to track this and other bills related to Death with Dignity. Check back often.
- Wanda Morris, executive director of Dying with Dignity Canada, requested the national debate about Death with Dignity be based on facts instead of myths and fabrications.
Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:
- This Colorado prison hospice program helps inmates die with dignity.
- Healthcare advocate Regina Holliday captured Hallmark's attention with her petition asking them to create a line of cards for people entering hospice and their caregivers.
- Hospice of Michigan developed a mobile app for end-of-life care. Sure would be great if this could be made available to hospices throughout the US.
- Caring.com shared lessons on how to say goodbye when a loved one is dying.
- I don't think they coordinated it, but KevinMD.com and the Boston Globe blog, White Coat Notes wrote about why doctors don't talk about death with their patients and at the same time doctors have a duty to encourage discussions about end-of-life wishes.
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.