Physicians need to abandon outdated ideas that their role as healers is incompatible with helping patients die comfortably and on their own terms. Helping patients die well is as important as helping them live to the fullest.Read More
Why do we hang on to those we love only to see them suffer more? Instead of letting them go with dignity? It's hard. I know. But life is hard, and sometimes for those who suffer, in whichever way they suffer, living is harder and death is the kindest thing on offer.Read More
Those who throw the first stone about suicide, have perhaps not lived close to someone with intense agony. Severely depressed people have cancer of the soul, and it is the one cancer you cannot physically die from, except to end your own life. ‘Cancer of the soul’ sufferers sometimes just cannot continue, and they show mercy to themselves by ending their lives. ~ James ScottRead More
Discussing end-of-life medical care can be really difficult for family, but especially so when the terminal condition is something like Alzheimer’s disease and you see the person you love disappearing before your eyes.
Is the person still truly alive? Do they wish they were dead?Read More
Advocate Thipanyane’s notes from his talk at the recent World Federation of Right to Die Societies’ 22nd biennial conference held in Cape Town.Read More
Cecilia Bernadette Chmura committed suicide after being denied a medically assisted death. Her husband David Dunn was taken into custody and could now face criminal charges.Read More
Fiona, 31, asked for medication which would put her in a deep sleep as she passed away as a result of cancer. However, something went horribly wrong.Read More
“I’m in my home, I’ve got live music, I’ve got a lot of people,” he said. “I can go to a nursing home and I’d have a chest at the end of my bed with all my belongings in it, with someone who’s prolonging my life in misery. But you don’t have to have a black period in your life. I don’t, and I’m very fortunate.”Read More
As Queensland lags behind in the euthanasia debate, a dying mother of two says her only option right now is "suicide or Switzerland" as she battles final-stage breast cancer.Read More
Let me be clear: I understand that many people believe that only God should determine the time of their death, and I support them 100 percent. Others want every additional minute of life that medical science can give them, and I support those people 100 percent. But the end of life is an extremely personal experience. If, when my time comes, I see only unbearable suffering ahead of me, then I want my preference to have access to medical aid in dying to be supported 100 percent, as well.Read More
After legalising abortion and same-sex marriage in recent times, Portuguese lawmakers will decide Tuesday on another issue that has brought a confrontation between faith and politics in this predominantly Catholic country: whether to allow euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide.Read More
A dementia-specific advance directive maps out the effects of mild, moderate and severe dementia, and asks patients to specify which medical interventions they would want — and not want — at each phase of the illness.Read More
It’s quite reasonable to not want to burden others with your suffering – not because loved ones are putting pressure on you but simply because you want to spare them the trauma and distress of watching you suffer when things have become hopeless.Read More
It's been 20 years since Oregon became the first state to let people choose when to end their lives. Here's how the fight was won, as told by the people who were there.Read More
The reality is that very few people would take up the option [of assisted dying]. Most people who do would be choosing to end their lives a matter of weeks before they would die anyway. It wouldn’t increase the number of deaths, but it would reduce the amount of suffering.”Read More
Spain is considering a legalisation of assisted suicide - euthanasia - after a vote in it's parliament's lower house. Lawmakers voted in favour of examining a bill on legalising euthanasia, a first in the country even if there will likely be major opposition before any potential approval.Read More
"I am glad to have the chance but would have preferred to have had it in Australia."
His death is scheduled to happen on Thursday, possibly around midday (local time), but Dr Goodall says he doesn't mind at what time.
When asked if he has any hesitation about ending his life, he replied: "No, none whatsoever".Read More
Let’s instead confront the three reasons I think it’s an act of violence every time someone suggests a simplistic, unproven and fantastic cure for another’s cancer.Read More
Through nearly 73 years of marriage, George and Shirley Brickenden did nearly everything together. On March 27, they died together at their Toronto retirement home, holding hands, surrounded by family.Read More
Prue Leith says her brother died in agony because doctors were afraid of hastening his death under Britain's euthanasia laws. 'David's doctors would not give him enough morphine 'for fear he'd become addicted',' she said.Read More