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The Farewell Party, an Israeli film by Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon is shown in Toronto Film Festival. Tal and Sharon wrote and directed this dark comedy about friends in a retirement community in Jerusalem who begin to explore the very difficult question of how to die with some peace and dignity. Yehzekel (Ze'ev Revach) is an inventor who is called upon to create
DWD V's 'winter 2014' Update newsletter, is available now on the DWDV website and can be seen here.
Australian top executive Peter Short - recently diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer, has written a letter to his colleagues from top 300 public companies, addressing the importance of dying with dignity laws and urging them to promote the issue.
In 2012 and 2013 3239 cases of euthanasia were reported to the Federal Evaluation and Control Commission. Since the implementation of the Act of 28 May 2002, the increase in the number of reported cases was gradual. But it "tends to escalate significantly since 2011", reports
Today NVVE, Dutch Right to Die Society, launches a large national public campaign to promote the familiarity with and use of Living Wills. The campaign is titled "Every day is a good day for your living will".
A group of Swiss and UK scientist have written a letter to the editor of The Lancet (Vol 384, issue 9938, page 127; 12 July 2014), suggesting a "solution" to decrease the rate of "euthanasia".
In a review they found that data from countries that allow both practices show that euthanasia occurs more frequently:
Richard MacDonald has written a well readable article relating on the several years of diligent work being done by various entities in that Canadian province towards the new law. Read it here.
If you are interested in arguments pro and con, especially oriented on the USA situation, a visit to the website ProCon.org can be recommended. Find the special pages on assisted dying here.
End-of-life care is a hot topic of discussion today at the annual conference of the Canadian Medical Association. The session ended with CMA members voting overwhelmingly in favour of an advisory resolution that supports the right of all physicians, within the bonds of existing legislation, to follow their conscience when deciding whether to provide so-called “medical aid in dying.”