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Death comes eventually to all of us, and most people want to be allowed to die quietly and easily. Unfortunately the dying process often means a lot of pain and distress to ourselves and those around us. End of life choices for a dignified death should be a right for all.
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Why we Support Voluntary Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide

Friends at the End (FATE) a Member Society of the World Federation of Right To Die Societies. Their site offers information on the case for supporting legislation on Assisted Suicide. 

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veryVery very important topic.

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‘One person a fortnight’ travels to Dignitas from Britain to end their lives

‘One person a fortnight’ travels to Dignitas from Britain to end their lives | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Campaigners hope new figures on number of Britons who have chosen assisted dying at Swiss clinic will bolster call for change in law The number of Britons who have ended their lives in the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland is set to reach 300 in the...
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Cancer sufferer due to end his own life calls for assisted dying law change in UK

Cancer sufferer due to end his own life calls for assisted dying law change in UK | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Bob Cole makes plea for politicians to be more sympathetic to those with fatal diseases, from Dignitas euthanasia unit in Switzerland A terminally ill man has called for a change to British laws on assisted dying, as he prepares to end his life at...
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Oliver Sacks: My Periodic Table

Oliver Sacks: My Periodic Table | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
As death nears, I am surrounding myself, as I did when I was a boy, with metals and minerals, little emblems of eternity.
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Inspiring, a role model for making death a part of life. Read it. Take time reading it. 

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Scottish parliament rejects assisted dying law

Scottish parliament rejects assisted dying law | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

MSPs vote 82-36 against bill that proposed those with terminal illnesses could seek help of doctor to end their lives, after deeply personal debate. The Scottish parliament has voted to reject legislation on assisted dying following a heartfelt and at times deeply personal debate on Wednesday, carried out in the shadow of the late MSP Margo MacDonald, who initiated the bill before her death last year.

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We keep hoping the law will catch with our human right to die with dignity.

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Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke banned from practising medicine

Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke banned from practising medicine | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Euthanasia and mental health advocates have backed health authorities' suspension of Philip Nitschke from practising medicine over his alleged handling of a troubled man who sought advice about how to kill himself.
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Legality of assisted dying changing around the world

Legality of assisted dying changing around the world | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
In Europe, in the US, and in the UK – laws and views concerning assisted dying are changing
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Roger Ebert documentary 'Life Itself' 'about the man, not the icon' - amNY

Roger Ebert documentary 'Life Itself' 'about the man, not the icon' - amNY | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Roger Ebert documentary 'Life Itself' 'about the man, not the icon'
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"Roger shows you how to live your life and how to die with grace and dignity," James says.
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Call to let doctors help terminally ill patients die

Call to let doctors help terminally ill patients die | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Top doctor says people who are dying need equivalent of midwives to help ease, and possibly end suffering and painDoctors should be able to help terminally ill patients end their lives days or weeks before they die, one of the leaders of Britain's...
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Meet your (espresso) maker at this pop-up Death Cafe

‘I’ll have a grande caffè latte, an orange mocha frappuccino and a discussion of mortality, please.’ You can order the first two in most coffee shops, but what if you’re after an in-depth chat abou...
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Dying patients - more than half are not told they are dying

Dying patients - more than half are not told they are dying | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

"More than half are never told they are nearing the end of their lives, the Royal College of Physicians reveals.

Important decisions about nutrition are not discussed with patients or their relatives – and only one in five were asked by medics if they felt dehydrated before they died.

The shock findings emerged in the first national audit of palliative hospital care."


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The Right To Die Well - Dying Well Should Be A Human Right

The Right To Die Well - Dying Well Should Be A Human Right | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

31 Mar 2014 Dying Well Should Be A Human Right.  Parliament is once again poised to debate the need for a law to allow assisted suicide. The current situation in the UK is that euthanasia (in which one party takes action to end the life of a second party, at the request of the second party) is regarded as either manslaughter or murder and is punishable by law with a maximum penalty of up to life imprisonment; and assisted suicide (where physicians, or others, provide the means for patients to end their own lives) is illegal under the terms of the Suicide Act (1961), punishable by up to 14 years' imprisonment. However, grey areas have emerged, and the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2010 indicated that anyone acting with compassion on the will of a dying person was unlikely to face charges.

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Make palliative care first end-of-life option

Make palliative care first end-of-life option | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Avery curious thing happens at the Swiss assisted-suicide organization Dignitas. Before it agrees to help someone end his or her life, Dignitas has a rigorous application process, involving a lot of time, effort and paperwork. Eventually, some patients are given the provisional go-ahead to go to Zurich and proceed, subject only to being examined on arrival by a Swiss doctor.
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Move to overturn UK assisted suicide law fails

Move to overturn UK assisted suicide law fails | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
European court rejects applications from Jane Nicklinson, whose husband suffered from locked-in syndrome, and car crash victim Paul Lamb An attempt to overturn the UK law on assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia by appealing to the European...
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Terminally ill man begs politicans to change the law on assisted dying as he ... - Telegraph.co.uk

Terminally ill man begs politicans to change the law on assisted dying as he ... - Telegraph.co.uk | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Bob Cole has died at Dignitas in Switzerland, where his wife also ended her life
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Sir Patrick Stewart: 'Assisted dying must be a fundamental right for us all' - ITV News

Sir Patrick Stewart: 'Assisted dying must be a fundamental right for us all' - ITV News | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Writing for ITV News, actor Sir Patrick Stewart says Bob Cole's death shows why assisted dying must be a fundamental right for us all.

He is a campaigner for Dignity in Dying.
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Assisted suicide bill 'contains significant flaws' says committee

Assisted suicide bill 'contains significant flaws' says committee | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Proposals to allow assisted suicide in Scotland contain "significant flaws", according to a report from Holyrood's health committee.
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▶ Let's Talk About Death with Joanna Cook, Will Self and Stephen Cave

Watch as our panel of speakers debate whether it might be a good thing to make an awareness of death a more important part of our lives.

If a fuller life requires a deeper acceptance of death, what stops us facing up to the inevitable? As part of our event series on reconceiving spirituality, Dr Joanna Cook, lecturer in Medical Anthropology at UCL joins writer Will Self and philosopher Stephen Cave to ask: if we could look mortality more squarely in the eye, what effect would it have on our personal and political lives?

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The Meaning of Death

The Meaning of Death | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
An Ode to the Beauty of Existential Angst by Vasilios Markou Vasili is one of 11 students from Digital Ethnography 2014 who moved into the Meadowlark Hil
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Young people move into a retirement home and learn about impermanence, how to live and how to die well. There are other videos from these young people's experience on the site. Take time, watch. The moment to do so is now. 

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Welcome to Death Cafe

Welcome to Death Cafe | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
At a Death Cafe people gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'.
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I have posted this before, but it bears re-posting. Find one in your area and normalise death as a part of life. 

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A 'Code Death' for Dying Patients

A 'Code Death' for Dying Patients | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
In this new age of technological wizardry, doctors have been taught that they can, indeed must, do everything possible to stave off death, but few learn how to help their patients die.
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The ethics of end of life care | Wright Hassall

The ethics of end of life care | Wright Hassall | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
A recent legal case regarding resuscitation and a national audit carried out by the Royal College of Physicians in partnership with Marie Curie, have reopened the debate about end of life care for those dying in hospital. In 2013 the Neuberger report into the Liverpool Care Pathway (an initiative to introduce a hospice level of palliative care into hospitals) found that, in too many cases, the framework was not being used appropriately and people in the last stages of life were suffering needlessly. The resulting phasing out of the LCP in favour of individually tailored ‘end of life’ plans is, in the eyes of some professionals, a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
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Richard and Judy under fire for assisted death pact

Richard and Judy under fire for assisted death pact | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Daily Mail Richard and Judy under fire for assisted death pact Daily Mail But their decision to make public their thoughts on assisted suicide and reveal details of a suicide pact they have made has led to one of television's most popular couples...
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Dying: Discussing and planning for end of life

Recent policy, legislation and campaigns advocate greater openness and discussion around dying and planning for end of life care. What are the public’s attitudes on this issue and how far do these vary for different sections of the population? How far have individuals put plans in place for the end of life and what factors are inhibiting planning in this area? 

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Elderly woman evicted from care home over assisted suicide fears

Elderly woman evicted from care home over assisted suicide fears | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Former magistrate forced out of care home because of fears staff would be prosecuted if she attempted to end her life
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Valley of Dolls

Ayano Tsukimi (64) is living in Nagoro, a village in eastern Iya on Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan. Not many people are still living there. 

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A Japanese woman makes dolls to populate a dying village and reflects on her own death and dying - if anything happened to me, she says, I would probably die before getting to the nearest hospital. 

 

Fascinating and frightening all at once, yet accepting of death as a part of life. 

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