California Dying

June 2, 2015

Gerald Dworkin: I am finishing the six months a year that I live in California. While here I have been working on the campaign, led by an organization called Compassion and Choices, to get a bill passed by the California legislature–SB128. This is a bill to allow medically-assisted dying in the state of California

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We’re all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing

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Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in all but five states. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen in the rest. Sick patients sometimes ask for help in hastening their deaths, and some doctors will hint, vaguely, how to do it

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Stephanie Packer was 29 when she found out she has a terminal lung disease. It’s the same age as Brittany Maynard, who last year was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. But unlike Maynard, Packer says physician-assisted suicide will never be an option for her

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Health care and its availability are important drivers of public health, but everyone knows behavior is a big deal, too. Over the past 50 years, Americans have quit smoking, started driving safer cars, put on weight, and bought more guns

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On a recent evening in San Francisco, five guests gather at the home of Eric Weinstein and his wife, Pia Malaney, for a tasty dinner of seared salmon and a deep discussion of a topic that many people might find unpalatable: death. The gathering is part of an international movement called “Death Over Dinner.”

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Why African-Americans don’t use hospice. Even as end-of-life planning gains favor with more Americans, African-Americans, research shows, remain very skeptical of options like hospice and advance directives

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How We Die

March 30, 2015

Recent stories on death and dying offer interesting perspectives on discussing, preparing for and coping with an inevitable part of all of our lives

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