Recent Updates

from our blog:

living with dying

read more from our blog


Book Review: "Twelve Breaths a Minute: End of Life Essays"

 End of Life EssaysMeg Claire had dedicated her career to the success of grassroots nonprofit organizations. Currently, she
serves as a director at one of the country's most prestigious children's hospitals. For more, follow Meg on Twitter.

I want a good death. You probably do too. But people who have made clear their decisions about wanting to die at home surrounded by loved ones, still end up dying in ICUs. They undergo treatments that prolong their suffering and may shorten their lives, even when they know they are imminently dying. We hope for a heart attack, one big one to finish us off, but the odds aren't in our favor. For most of us, it'll be the long, slow decline we dread.

Read more: Book Review: "Twelve Breaths a Minute: End of Life Essays"

This Week in the Movement

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 to enact Death with Dignity:

Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:

Read more: This Week in the Movement

Board Members Make Leadership Gift to Dignity 2012

Signed Petitions, photo by Michael Clarke, Dignity 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I returned from a trip to Boston where I participated in strategic planning meetings for the Dignity 2012 Ballot Question Committee, and I facilitated a board meeting for the Death with Dignity National Center. Earlier, I shared an interview I conducted with Michael Clarke, campaign manager, while I was in Boston, but I wanted to continue to share my insights into progress in Massachusetts with supporters of the Death with Dignity National Center.

Massachusetts has an indirect ballot initiative process, meaning the legislature has an opportunity to act on the proposed initiative before it goes to the people for a vote. I was in the Bay State during the final week when the legislature had an opportunity to act, and it was clear they wouldn't move the bill forward. The campaign, now in its second signature gathering phase, intends to gather 20,000 signatures before July.

Read more: Board Members Make Leadership Gift to Dignity 2012

Dr. Olson

 Stories to Inspire a Peaceful Passing (Volume 1)Early on in her medical residency years, Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, MD, developed an interest in critical care with a focus on end-of-life issues. She wrote Last Wish: Stories to Inspire a Peaceful Passing (Volume 1) In addition to personal stories of people facing end-of-life decisions, Dr. Van Scoy includes a tear-away discussion guide, the Compass, to help individuals talk about and determine what they'd want if they end up in a life threatening situation or land in the ICU. Below is an excerpt from Dr. Van Scoy's book, reprinted with permission.

Read more: Dr. Olson

This Week in the Movement

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 to enact Death with Dignity:

  • On the fourth page of the Burlington Free Press Vermont Legislative wrap-up, Senator Philip Baruth "argued the Senate is controlled by its most conservative members, who hold a disproportionate number of positions of power on the Senate Rules Committee, as Senate committee chairmen and in making committee assignments."
  • Another week, another statement of support for the proposed Massachusetts Death with Dignity Act: "I believe that individuals must be given the choice and allowed to choose and examine end-of-life options for themselves, and their loved ones."

Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:

Read more: This Week in the Movement

Pages

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.

donate today