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Week 30/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

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Last week (July 20 to July 27, 2015), as legislatures went into summer recesses the Death with Dignity movement entered a "slow news day" period, until a California judge dismissed one of the two lawsuits challenging the state's assisted suicide law.

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The Gifts Dying Can Give

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This guest post is from Barbara Karnes. Read our open call for guest posts →

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Barbara Karnes is award-winning end-of-life educator and nurse who has been instrumental in creating the patient/family educational booklet for hospice. A former hospice nurse, director, and consultant, Barbara is the author of the booklets A Time to Live: Living with a Life Threatening Illness; Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience; The Eleventh Hour: A Caring Guideline for the Hours to Minutes before Death; My Friend I Care: The Grief Experience; the book The Final Act of Living: Reflections of a Long Time Hospice Nurse and a family-oriented DVD/booklet kit New Rules For End of Life Care. She blogs at Something to Think About where a version of this post originally appeared.

What beauty, strength, or gifts can death bring?

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and in our society today death is often not seen as beautiful or as a peaceful exit from a life well lived. We have medicalized death, demonized it and made it something to be feared. What we expect is what we will perceive so we see through the eyes of our fear.

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Week 29/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

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Last week (July 13 to July 19, 2015), as legislatures went into summer recesses the Death with Dignity movement entered a "slow news day" period.

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At Death’s Door

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This guest post by Karen Kaplan originally appeared in Expired and Inspired, the blog of Kavod v'Nichum. Read our open call for guest posts →

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Karen Kaplan in 1992 became one of the the first 200 female rabbis in the world. In 2007 she became a board-certified chaplain and served in hospices on the East Coast for 7 years. She is the author of the book Encountering The Edge: What People Told Me Before They Died. Free of religious agendas, the book consists of true stories about her hospice patients and what they most cared about and believed in (the book is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold, as a softcover, ebook and starting in July 2015, as an audiobook; excerpts and reviews are available at publisher's site). Just days before this guest post came to press, Karen was pleased to announce the release of her audiobook version of Encountering the Edge. Karen also blogs at Offbeat Compassion.

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Why Religiously Unaffiliated Americans Support Death with Dignity

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This is a guest post by Sarah Levin (the subheadings are ours). Read our open call for guest posts →

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Sarah Levin is the Legislative Associate at the Secular Coalition for America, where she oversees the Secular Coalition's state chapter program. She is passionate about the constitutional separation of church and state and grassroots organizing. Sarah graduated from American University cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies. Follow the Secular Coalition for America @seculardotorg.

When Tom Manger stood up to testify in support of the End of Life Options Act in Sacramento, he spoke on behalf of all religiously unaffiliated Californians who share his belief in the right of “each individual to face their inevitable death on their own terms - without interference from others.”

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