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Conscience and Religious Freedom Division Threatens Patient Autonomy

A new Trump agency protects healthcare providers who opt out of medical aid in dying

In a significant blow to Americans who wish to exercise their right to die on their own terms, the Trump administration announced in January that it has created a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Department of Health … Continue reading

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Woman Posts A “Note Before I Die” On Eve Of Her Death

Holly Butcher posted the letter on Facebook to impart some final thoughts

Holly Butcher of Grafton, New South Wales, Australia, died on Jan. 4, 2018, at the age of 27. On the eve of her death, she posted a “note before I die” letter on Facebook summarizing a few important lessons she’d … Continue reading

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Cancer Patient Heather Mosher Marries 18 Hours Before her Death

The dying bride's vows were her final words, which she followed with a triumphant gesture

Surely Heather Mosher’s worst of times began the day doctors confirmed she had breast cancer. That day, however, did not end in deep disappointment. Nor did her life. On December 23, 2016 Heather received both the dire medical news and … Continue reading

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The Benefits of a Dementia Specific Advance Directive

Tell your loved one about the care you want if you develop dementia

Dr. Barak Gaster, who works as an internist at the University Of Washington School of Medicine, was concerned about his patients with dementia. Yes, many of them had advance directives, but mostly advance directives are written with a sudden catastrophic … Continue reading

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Death with Dignity: Lack of Access Biggest Issue

Refusal to participate leaves patients without access to end-of-life options

Twenty years ago, the state of Oregon implemented the nation’s first Death with Dignity Act. This state legislation provided a physician-prescribed, end of life option for terminally ill individuals. In the 20 years following, five other states and the District of … Continue reading

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Nurses Reveal the Last Wishes of the Dying

People who are terminally ill usually have simple last requests that bring them joy

The last wishes of the dying often have one thing in common. They revolve around the simple pleasures in life. Palliative care nurses at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in England say that many of the people who stay at their … Continue reading

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