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This Week in the Movement
Posted by Melissa Barber on March 1, 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 Castleton Polling Institute examined Vermonters' views on end-of-life issues and found 68% of Vermont adults support Death with Dignity laws—including 83% support from those between the ages of 45 and 54.
- The Vermont House of Representatives is expected to consider the proposed Death with Dignity bill later this month or in early April.
- Letters of support for the proposed New Jersey Death with Dignity bill continued to pour into NJ.com.
- And on the flip side, doctors expressed their outrage about Montana lawmakers working to restrict conversations.
Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:
- Retired surgeon, Dr. Michael Miller, knew he wanted to die in his own bed, at his home in Boulder, CO. His desire was to leave surrounded by family, and under the care of a supportive hospice team. Dying Wish documented his journey to a peaceful death.
- Entrepreneurs are continuing to develop ways to stay social after you've died. I've gotta say, training an algorithm to tweet for you is a tad eerie.
- We're all bad about talking about death and dying. This Toronto group shared some online tools to help make these difficult conversations smoother.
- Healthcare reporter Charles Ornstein shared how even pros struggle with understanding and honoring a loved one's end-of-life wishes.
- A new study published in The Gerontologist explored the benefits of palliative care.
Life's too short:
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.