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Medically assisted suicide: Compassionate or criminal?

Medically assisted suicide: Compassionate or criminal? | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

 'I write you as a 90-year-old senior. Medically assisted suicide presents a comfort zone to elderly seniors.' A moving and short reminder of why we support people having the option to choose when to die. 

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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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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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SOCIETY FOR OLD AGE RATIONAL SUICIDE

SOCIETY FOR OLD AGE RATIONAL SUICIDE | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

The main long-term objective of SOARS is to get the law eventually changed in the UK so that very elderly, mentally competent individuals, who are suffering unbearably from various health problems (although none of them is “terminal”) are allowed to receive a doctor’s assistance to die, if this is their persistent choice.

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Teacher committed suicide at Dignitas after being 'left behind by digital age'

Teacher committed suicide at Dignitas after being 'left behind by digital age' | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Anne, 89, complained that computers were turning people in to robots and said she would rather die than adapt
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Volunteers ready to help patients if assisted suicide becomes law

Volunteers ready to help patients if assisted suicide becomes law | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

One volunteer told STV News she had been persuaded after working with grieving relatives. At least 25 people have volunteered to help people end their lives if assisted suicide is legalised in Scotland.

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Doctors back assisted suicide bill

Doctors back assisted suicide bill | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

A group of doctors including a surgeon and a professor of neurology have spoken out in support a bill legalising assisted suicide.

The 11 medical experts are backing a bill proposed by MSP Margo MacDonald which would change the law in Scotland.

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‘Aid in Dying’ Movement Takes Hold in Some States

‘Aid in Dying’ Movement Takes Hold in Some States | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Advocates of the practice, who shun the term “assisted suicide,” say they believe that as baby boomers watch frail parents suffer, support for their movement will grow further.
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Mariana Funes's comment, February 8, 10:48 AM
Libby Wilson from FATE explains some distinctions as she sees them: "The essence of the problem is that Assisted Dying and 'Euthanasia' are not coterminous. Euthanasia = Another person killing somebody at that person's request. Always formerly referred to as VOLUNTARY euthanasia but now this adjective is often considered redundant. Assisted Dying = Another person providing the means for someone to end their life themselves when they are within 6 months of death. Assisted Suicide = Another person providing the means for someone to end their life themselves when they are terminally ill or are suffering intolerably from an incurable illness"
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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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Nationalist politician and campaigner Margo MacDonald dies aged 70

Nationalist politician and campaigner Margo MacDonald dies aged 70 | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

Lothians MSP was a pivotal figure in Scottish politics in the second half of the 20th century. In recent years, she emerged as an activist for the right to assisted suicide, after revealing her own Parkinson's diagnosis in 2002.

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Assisted suicide bill is laudable, but poorly drafted

Assisted suicide bill is laudable, but poorly drafted | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

A bill on physician-assisted suicide is being considered by the Scottish parliament. It is the second attempt by independent member Margo MacDonald, who has Parkinson’s disease, to get such a law onto the statute book.

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Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Imagine you were suffering a terminal or severely life-shortening condition. Wouldn't you want to talk openly and honestly about your situation with your doctor? Wouldn't you want the choice to be able to end your own life? Wouldn't you at least want to know more and be in charge? You might choose to act or you might not, but the decision should be up to you.

For more information go to www.lifedeathchoice.org.uk
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Son supports parents' suicide pact

Son supports parents' suicide pact | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
A SON is backing the right to die after his parents committed suicide in each others' arms.
Tai Altman kissed his mother and father goodbye and gave them his blessing, knowing they were going to kill themselves in a tragic pact.
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Assisted suicide should be legalised, according to two-thirds of Scots - Scottish Daily Record

Assisted suicide should be legalised, according to two-thirds of Scots - Scottish Daily Record | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Scotsman Assisted suicide should be legalised, according to two-thirds of Scots Scottish Daily Record A total of 69per cent of those questioned in a new study said they wanted the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, being put forward by independent...
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