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Dr. Leeat Granek on Coping with Grief

With all of this talk in the media about whether or not grief is a mental disorder, we seemed to have missed the boat about what's most important when it comes to coping with our losses.

In this short video I did for Open to Hope Foundation, I talk about what I've learned about grief from both my own personal experience with loss and my academic research and work in this area.

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Weekly TweetChats! Join Us Thursdays

After a brief break for the holidays, our TweetChats will return this Thursday, and with the help of some friends on Twitter, these chats will now be weekly! Please join us online to discuss different aspects of death and dying. Not sure what a TweetChat is? Learn more about them below.

This upcoming TweetChat will be about a blog post that made waves throughout the online end-of-life care community, "How Doctors Die, It's Not Like the Rest of Us, But It Should be." The article relates the story of the a retired physician's friend—also a doctor—who was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer, and how in general, doctors tend to opt for less-aggressive treatment in their own end-of-life care.

To give you a little primer, here are the discussion topics for the TweetChat:

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Death with Dignity Introduced in the Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts State HouseEvery state has its own process for passing laws. Among those which allow voters to directly debate and decide on state law through the ballot initiative process, there's even more variability in how an initiative ends up in front of the voters in a general election. There are indirect initiatives which must first go through a state legislature and direct initiatives which go from signature gathering to the ballot. Some states have a referendum process where a state legislature can place a proposed piece of legislation in front of the voters, and others allow initiatives only for constitutional amendments.

The road to the November 2012 ballot in Massachusetts is a particularly winding one, and I checked in with Dignity 2012 to learn more about where they're at in the process and what challenges are ahead. I learned Massachusetts has an indirect initiative process, so after gathering the requisite number of signatures, the initiative goes to the Massachusetts legislature.

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December Blog Recap - The Best of 2011

News from www.DeathwithDignity.org "Respect the will of the people."

Happy New Year!

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Vermont Legislature Back in Session

Richard Mallary. Photo by John Lazenby, lazenbyphoto.comWith the start of the new year, Vermont began the second half of its legislative biennium. During the 2012 session, their state legislature will take a new look at the bills introduced in 2011, and one which looks likely is the proposed Death with Dignity legislation (H. 274 and S. 103). The text of the joint bills emulates groundbreaking laws in Oregon and Washington.

The proposed legislation has strong support with more than a third of lawmakers in both chambers signed on as sponsors and 64% of Vermont voters in favor of their lawmakers passing the legislation. This popular proposal has been featured by the media as well.

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