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Film Review: “Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die”

The documentary takes an honest look at aid in dying

When author Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he had to confront an uncomfortable decision: Should he see his illness through to the end (and risk losing his dignity in the process), or should he choose to end his life prematurely? … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Good Death” by Ann Neumann

A journalist questions our laws and attitudes about end of life care

After Ann Neumann’s father died following a long illness, she felt lost. For more than a year, she traveled from city to city across the globe looking to fill the massive crater that her father’s death left. When she returned to the … Continue reading

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A Rose is a Rose By Any Other Name – Or Is it?

As California legalizes "physician aid in dying," we consider the progression of past terms: "physician assisted suicide" & "euthanasia"

To my surprise, as well as others closely watching California legislation, physician aid in dying became legal last week when Governor Brown signed “The End of Life Option Act.” It all happened quickly and unexpectedly behind closed doors. California became … Continue reading

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A Big Week for California Assembly Bills Addressing End-of-Life Issues

California tackles both the aid-in-dying as well as the first digital assets bill

It’s been a big week for end-of-life legislative action in the state of California. Given the state’s size, hence importance, many eyes watch as two assembly bills currently work their way through the process. The first is the aid-in-dying bill. This past … Continue reading

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Death With Dignity Law: One 29-Year-Old’s Decision To End Her Life

Brittany Maynard's illness is terminal, but she wants to die on her own terms

When 29-year-old Brittany Maynard chooses to end her life next month, she won’t be filed under suicide statistics. That’s because she isn’t committing suicide. Maynard is one of many who have elected to end their lives to avoid the excruciating pain … Continue reading

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Should We Have the Right to Choose Our Deaths?

Assisted dying opens a difficult question on whether we should choose our own deaths or facilitate others'

Should someone with terminal illness, chronic pain or an otherwise severely compromised quality of life have the right to choose the time of his or her own death? How should they decide? Who should help them? How should they do … Continue reading

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