“Death with dignity” has meant, for many people, avoiding unwanted medical technology and dying in a hospital. A “natural” death has been the goal. In the past 20 years, physician-assisted suicide has been legalized for terminally ill patients in several states of the US, and recently “medical assistance in dying,” has become legal in Canada. How should we think about what constitutes a good death now?

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How to End a Life

May 25, 2017

A year since assisted suicide became legal, only a small number of physicians are willing to perform the procedure, and their numbers are shrinking. Taking a life is harder than they thought

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Gerald Chinchar isn’t quite at the end of life, but the end is not far away. The 77-year-old fell twice last year, shattering his hip and femur, and now gets around his San Diego home in a wheelchair. His medications fill a dresser drawer, and congestive heart failure puts him at high risk of emergency room visits and long hospital stays

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Since he watched his mother drop dead, Richard Bridgman’s fear of death has left him emotionally paralyzed. “Everybody has a fear of death, no matter what culture, religion or country they come from,” said Kelvin Chin, author of “Overcoming the Fear of Death” and founder of the Overcoming the Fear of Death Foundation

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Neil Gorsuch has spent his career considering questions of life’s ends—and beginnings

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Listen Now: Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, the Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, joins host Tom Hall in the studio to discuss the dilemmas that dying patients, their families, and doctors face

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Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s former Anglican archbishop and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, recently celebrated his 85th birthday with an interesting message: He wants the option of an assisted death

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A Lesson on Life’s End

December 7, 2016

How one college class is rethinking doctor training. A new class at Columbia University envisions something different. The class, called Life at the End of Life, places students with medical aspirations — before they even apply to medical school — with patients at the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center (TCC), a nursing home in Harlem

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