Compassion & Choices

Latino Voices
I have lived with the reality of a premature death for more than four years. Today, I live with blackouts, blindness, convulsions and more. Aside from these horrific symptoms, I live in constant fear of even worse days that lie ahead. What crime did I commit to be forced to die this way?
OWN
Duke University psychiatrist Doris Iarovici, MD, explains how to help.
Religion
   A proposed bill in California that would have allowed terminally ill patients the right to die failed to advance last
Politics
Physician-assisted dying is a complex and emotional issue. Here is a new perspective done with a leading physician with much direct experience - and who has quit one of his professional medical associations due to their lack of integrity on the topic.
Impact
The movement toward "good" death - legalized medical aid in dying - has been growing for decades in the U.S., but has been gaining momentum and attention in recent months.
Impact
Co-founder, in 1987, of the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in the U.S., Ostaseski currently heads the Metta Institute, created to provide education and training on spirituality in dying.
Impact
Death-and-dying usually goes with I-don't-want-to-talk about-it. Katy Butler wants us to talk about it. She worries, though, about the culture of death-denial, and about the lack of language when we do try to talk.
Politics
Why can't we offer dignity to those that know they are dying, that know that they will die in excruciating pain and will spend their last days suffering? Why can't we respect the wishes of those who want to exit gracefully, respectfully, surrounded by those they love?
Impact
Perhaps doctors will eventually all be adequately trained in pain management and palliative care. But even then -- and "then" is a very long way off -- must the doctor always know best? Why can't I, the patient, the person facing my own dying, be the one in control?
Good News
For those of us grounded in end-of-life care and choice, the earth shook this week. Did you feel it? The shaking hasn't stopped, but the religious foundation from which aid-in-dying opponents build their strength cracked.
Impact
5. Informed Consent. Patients must have comprehensive, candid information in order to make valid decisions and give informed
Wellness
It is well documented that although advance directives are offered and included in the medical chart -- as the law requires -- in the end they are usually ignored.
Religion
An increasingly conservative hierarchy is flexing its muscle and leaving hospitals with a stark choice: buckle under pressure from Catholic authority or break the shackles of Vatican oversight.
New York
A new bill instructs physicians to discuss a prognosis with seriously ill patients and ask if they would like information on hospice, palliative care and appropriate end-of-life options.
Wellness
Let's be clear. Our movement for end-of-life choice does not condone assisted suicide, and it never has.
Politics
Here is that truth in a nutshell: Many people with terminal illness want desperately to meet death on their own terms. Facing
Wellness
Picture this situation: The recent change to the ERD sets out some narrow exceptions when artificial nutrition and hydration
Politics
Ruth Proskauer Smith, a friend and an activist for individual autonomy, died last night, closing her life in the manner she
Wellness
Patients who had talked with their doctors experienced a more peaceful, pain-free end of life than those tethered to the tubes and machines meant to extend their lives.
Politics
This ill-conceived rule will surely obstruct and delay good care in many instances, increasing the suffering of dying patients and their loved ones.