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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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Dying Wish: A Documentary About a Peaceful Death

Karen van Vuuren is a former broadcast news journalist with experience working in the field of end-of-life and directed the documentary Dying Wish. Below she explains more about working with Dr. Miller to film the documentary.

Karen's currently completing a new documentary, Go In Peace! on caring for veterans with PTSD who are facing serious illness or death. She is also the editor of Natural Transitions Magazine, a quarterly magazine focusing on conscious, holistic approaches to end of life.

Retired surgeon, Dr. Michael Miller, knew he wanted to die in his own bed, at his home in Boulder, Colorado. His desire was to leave surrounded by family, and under the care of a supportive hospice team. Dr. Miller had done his homework on his end-of-life choices. He'd researched the dying process and discovered that patients who stopped eating and drinking often had an easier exit.

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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 regarding Death with Dignity:

Read more: This Week in the Movement

A Matter of Life and Death: What Are The Choices?

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Yesterday, Michael H. White, mediator, attorney, and former board member of the Death with Dignity National Center, spoke before the California Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care about Death with Dignity laws. Below is the transcript of his testimony.

There is tension between the beliefs that end of life choices should be founded mainly on respect for the sanctity of life or on compassion for those who are suffering: sanctity based on religious and moral principles or compassion based on respect for personal autonomy. I resolve the matter for myself by focusing on the belief that lawful physician assisted dying extends the lives of those who are terminally ill.

In California, a terminally ill person who wishes to have the benefit of all medical resources that are available, or not, has that choice. However, a person who wishes to have the assistance of a physician in the dying process—either due to unremitting pain and suffering or the absence of adequate quality in life—does not have that choice. As one opponent to legalization of assisted dying once said in a debate with me, "So long as there are bridges and tall buildings from which a dying person can jump, there is no need for a law that would permit a physician to prescribe medication to end a person's life."

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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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