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This Week in the Movement

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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:

  • Former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Marcia Angell wrote a well reasoned piece for the Boston Globe about how the Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative will allow doctors to respect their patients' wishes. She gets right to the heart of the matter: "Why should anyone—the state, the medical profession, or anyone else—presume to tell someone else how much suffering they must endure while dying? Doctors should stand with their patients, not against them."
  • Would you be willing to forgo one fancy lunch a month to help move Death with Dignity laws forward in more states? By contributing as little as $12 each month you will make a difference.

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Your Advanced Directive Isn't the End. It's the Beginning!

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So you've made an advanced directive, selected a healthcare advocate, and given it to all the important people who need to know—your surrogate, your family, your physician, your hospital (you have, right?). The directive is intended to reflect how you feel right now about the difficult decisions your health advocate would have to make for you if you were suddenly incapacitated and required invasive procedures or life-saving treatments. So you Have the Conversation, think over the options, make your decisions, check off the boxes, sign on the dotted line, and send out the copies. It feels good to have things spelled out so clearly. Now you can stop thinking about that and get on with Other Stuff, right?

Read more: Your Advanced Directive Isn't the End. It's the Beginning!

This Week in the Movement

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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:

Read more: This Week in the Movement

Automatic Giving–A Win-Win Situation!

Duane Lueders

Duane Leuders contributes to the Death with Dignity National Center every month. He lives in Simsberry, Connecticut with his wife of 29 years. Duane's been a practicing attorney for 26 years, and his wife is a licensed clinical social worker.

If there were an organization whose cause you cared deeply about which had an easy, automatic, and affordable way to support them on a regular basis, wouldn't you be interested in signing up?

Well, there is! Under the Death with Dignity National Center Sustaining Partner Program, you can set up automatic, tax-deductible gifts to be charged to your debit or credit card once a month, each quarter, or annually. I've been participating in this program for the past two years.

By signing up to be a Sustaining Partner, you'll save yourself time and money (remember, donations are tax-deductible), and save the Death with Dignity National Center's resources as well. More of your donation will go to directly support their mission rather than to administrative costs. That's right, no more solicitations filling up your mail box, no more checks to write, envelopes to address, or stamps to mess with. That's what I call a win-win situation!

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This Week in the Movement

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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 media is all abuzz about the recently certified Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative (it'll be Question 2 on the November ballot). Just for you, I conveniently rounded-up many of the major stories on our blog.
  • Last week, The Lancet published a new study about assisted death before and after it was legal in the Netherlands. Truly, assisted death happens every day, and by creating clear laws regulating the practice, everyone is safer and more informed.
  • Want the latest info about the Massachusetts campaign direct from the horse's mouth? Check out Dignity 2012 on Facebook or on Twitter.
  • This op-ed from Canada points out how the myth of the "slippery slope" is unfounded. Years of peer reviewed research points to quite the opposite.
  • In this Canadian letter to the editor John Warren, VP of Dying with Dignity, states, "Opinion polls have consistently shown between two-thirds and three-quarters of Canadians want the right to choose a medically assisted death if their suffering is unbearable. By appealing this case, Nicholson is saying the government should decide how Canadians die. That's not justice, it's arrogance."

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