Five years ago today, Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old with terminal brain cancer, used the Oregon Death with Dignity to die peacefully.
We mourn the passing of former Death with Dignity National Center Board Treasurer Stephen Dunn, who died of cancer October 16.
For the past year, we have been working with New Hampshire resident Bob McCown to start and grow a grassroots organization, New Hampshire Death with Dignity. The group officially launched at an event in Concord on September 27.
On September 28, Maine Death with Dignity celebrated the implementation of the Maine Death with Dignity Act, capping a years-long campaign to pass a law.
Massachusetts lawmakers are again considering death with dignity legislation in 2019. Death with Dignity National Center is supporting a grassroots group, Western Massachusetts Death with Dignity, in its efforts to build support for aid in dying.
Supporters of death with dignity filled the hallways and offices at the New York State Capitol to urge legislators to support the Medical Aid in Dying Act.
On April 8 at the Maine State House in Augusta, state lawmakers held a press conference stating their support for LD 1313, the Maine Death with Dignity Act, which will receive a public hearing in the Committee on Health and Human Services April 10.
Every day, we hear from individuals who have lost a loved one to a terminal illness. Their personal stories inform their support of aid in dying and inspire us to continue working toward the day when all terminally ill Americans have the right to decide how they die.
Every day, we hear from people whose lives have been forever changed by a terminal illness and how their often heartbreaking experiences have motivated them to advocate for death with dignity. These are the latest stories we've featured, from California, Maine, and New York.
Chris Cooper's wife, Jenn, died of metastatic breast cancer in 2016 at age 34. Inspired by Jenn's willingness to share her story, Chris started the blog Coffee with Coop, and wrote the memoir From Hell to Happiness. We asked Chris about how the book contributed to his own healing process.