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E-book on making an End of Life Plan available
Oct 2, 2015

Martin Goldsworthy published the story about his planning all around the end of his life in an E-book, originating from Blog posts and discussions with his wife and children.
Short synopsis: Achieving a perfect end to our life is something we should think about, and before it is too late. Many people do not get close to achieving this ideal. This book presents the factors to be considered when you think about your own, inevitable death. The book’s objective is to help interested readers make their own

DMD Colombia publishes its Newsletter no 59, 2015
Oct 2, 2015

DMD Colombia publishes its Newsletter no 59, 2015 (in Spanish). Read it here.

Peggy Battin's "The Ethics of Suicide" (book) published
Oct 2, 2015

This month Peggy Battin presented her book "The Ethics on Suicide" as part of an "unprecedented example of library-author-publisher collaboration. The collaboration was formed by Peggy Battin, the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriot Library with Alyson Mower and David Cotty (Oxford University Press). The book is part of a Blog Platform from the University Library.

The book itself may be obtained from Amazon.

SAVES (Australia) publishes its Newsletter nr 32 - 2, July 2015
Oct 1, 2015

SAVES (Australia) publishes its Newsletter nr 32 - 2, July 2015. Read it here.

Swedish RTVD every week on the steps of the Parliament
Oct 1, 2015


Every week  on Thursday morning between 12-15 and 12.45, members of RTVD, the Swedish RtD Society, parade the steps of the Riksdag (Parliament) in support of the right to a dignified death.

2014 Report from Washington Death With Dignity Act published
Oct 1, 2015

The Washington State Department of Health yesterday released the 2014 annual report on the implementation of the Washington Death with Dignity Act. The figures underscore not only that only a small number of people use the law, but also that the Washington Death with Dignity Act continues to work flawlessly and provides ease of mind and relief to Washingtonians facing the end of life. In 2014, 176 terminally ill Washington residents received a prescription under the Act to help hasten their death. This is a 2% increase over

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter August 2015
Oct 1, 2015

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter August 2015. Read it here.

GINA - a documentary on suffering
Oct 1, 2015

Two young Wellington (NZ) film makers Wendell and Jeremy produced a 3-min documentary about Gina, a 45 year old woman from Wellington, who has a genetic condition. She is in hospital level care in a rest home. She has been there for 5 years, bedridden. She lives in semi darkness, cannot talk and is extremely sensitive to sound. The specialist said her prognosis is that she won't recover and she may well live a long life.
And, she is of sound mind, loves chocolate and has a delightful sense of humour.

One in ten New Zealand doctors admit assisting deaths
Oct 1, 2015

An Auckland University research, published in today's New Zealand Medical Journal, asked doctors about the last death they'd attended. Research suggests that GPs are hastening death of terminally ill patients.
Of 650 GPs who responded, 65 per cent reported they'd withdrawn treatment from a patient or alleviated pain in the probability it may hasten death; 16 per cent said they had actively withheld treatments so as not to prolong life and four per cent (16 doctors) reported prescribing a drug with the explicit purpose of hastening death.

Former UK Chief Prosecutor in favour of change of UK law
Oct 1, 2015

Sir Kier Starmer, formerly the Director of Public Prosecutions, and who is now a Labour MP, said the law "needs to be changed". He believes people must be helped to take their own lives without being forced to inconveniently travel to Switzerland in their final days. He said it is time politicians protected compassionate loved ones from prosecution by legalising assisted dying. He claimed that Crown Prosecution Service guidelines


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