Throughout the week, we keep people up-to-date with information about the Death with Dignity movement and other topics related to end-of-life care through Facebook and Twitter. Below are highlights from this week.
Assisted death in the US:
- First Unitarian in Newton, Massachusetts issued a public endorsement of their state’s proposed Death with Dignity Act.
- In another fantastic op-ed about Vermont’s effort to enact Death with Dignity, Lydia Lulkin’s “All norms are made to be broken” explaines more about Senator Miller’s effort to bring the bill to the floor of the Senate for debate. Among my favorite quotes from the piece: “But are these legislators really serving their constituents if they do not allow debate to take place on an issue that is so important to so many?”
- During this week’s TweetChat we discussed how to work with your Circles of Influence to help more people learn about Death with Dignity laws. Read the transcript, and join in the conversation any time! Our TweetChats use the hashtag #DWDchat and occur every Thursday at 6:00pm ET.
- Last week, we asked our Facebook community what Death with Dignity means to them, and we’ve heard from a lot of people. How would you fill in the blank?
“To me, Death with Dignity means ______________.”
Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:
- HealthAffairs published “Living Life In My Own Way—And Dying That Way As Well” by Amy Berman, a health foundation executive who received a diagnosis of terminal breast cancer and, with the help of a doctor who respects her goals, forgoes aggressive treatment in favor of palliative care.
- As part of National Healthcare Decision Day last week, I completed my first advance directive. Next step, have more conversations with my loved ones about what’s in it.
- Did you know just thinking about death can lead to a better life? Have you thought about death today?
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