Tag Archives: Euthanasia

Is Euthanasia for Mental Suffering Ethical?

In the Netherlands, the practice is stirring controversy among medical ethicists

In the United States, medical aid in dying is legal in only a handful of states (California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana). What’s more, the criteria for allowing patients to participate in aid in dying are very rigid and … Continue reading

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What is Public Death Education? An Interview with Lea Rose, Part Two

Australian psychotherapist, author and the founder of Living and Dying Well Counselling Centre is shifting cultural paradigms of dying

This is part two of SevenPonds’ two-part interview  with Lea Rose, a clinical counselor and psychotherapist with over two decades of experience. (Read part one of the interview here.) She is the founder of the Living and Dying Well Counselling Centre … Continue reading

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Estate of Dr. Death Includes Original Oil Paintings

Dr. Jacob Kevorkian's estate reveals passion and pain around the politics of death

Jacob “Jack” Kevorkian (May 26, 1928 – June 3, 2011) was known widely as “Dr. Death” for his highly politicized pioneering efforts to legalize assisted dying in the United States. In 1991, a judge dismissed a murder charge against Kevorkian, … 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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Belgium Discusses Legalizing Euthanasia for Terminally Ill Children

Controversial bill proposes euthanasia for terminally ill kids in Belgium

When we discuss what it means to “die a good death,” the question of how we plan our end of life becomes controversial when we broach the topic of whether or not we have the right to decide when we … Continue reading

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We Euthanize Dying Animals, Don’t We?

My grandmother starved to death as the aid-in-dying (formerly assisted suicide) debate continues

Today I write about a subject that is difficult to tackle. When we end the suffering of an animal we call it euthanasia, but for people, the new term is “aid-in-dying” or what we formerly called “assisted suicide”. This is not … Continue reading

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