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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.

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Allow Doctors to Support Patient Wishes

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.

- Dr. Marcia Angell

This statement gets right to the heart of the matter, doesn't it? People deserve more options at the end of their lives and doctors should be allowed to help their patients get the end-of-life care they want.

Dr. Angell is former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and a senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Her quote is from a guest article published in the Health & Wellness section of the Boston Globe. Throughout her life, Dr. Angell has had extensive professional and personal experiences with difficult end-of-life care decisions. These experiences have shaped why she supports safe and legal assisted dying through Death with Dignity laws.

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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?

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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:

Read more: This Week in the Movement

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