Laura Dunemann has a crippling fear of death and dying. Her psychologist recommends extensive therapy. Laura is doing a comedy show instead. In her debut solo show, Laura tackles her darkest fears (shark attack) and deepest regrets (charity theft).
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Delaware handed down a 45-page opinion in a medical futility case involving a 7-month-old baby.
The court affirmed a trial court ruling that authorized a guardian to "De-escalate Medical Intervention and...
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
This week a revision to the Florida advance directive law takes effect. The notable things in this new law are that it allows for one to appoint a health care surrogate for a minor, to have a surrogate’s authority be effective immediately, and it necessitates appointing a primary physician fro make end-of-life determinations.
The bill was passed in this spring and signed into law on June 11, 2015. It was introduced by Senator John Wood, Republican of District 41. His district is in the middle of the state containing the city of Winter Haven.
I am not an attorney and am not providing legal advice.…
In their article “Autonomy vs. Selflessness at the End of Life” published in the Summer 2015 edition of Ethics & Medicine, Hannah Martin and Daryl Sas provide a useful foray into the battle over the meaning of human dignity. The authors describe an alternative to the “flat” version of human dignity espoused by proponents of physician-assisted suicide (PAS)—a version based solely on self-determination. In other... // Read More »
Death Makes Life Possible will be broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey Network on October 1 at 8:30 PM ET.
The film follows cultural anthropologist and scientist Marilyn Schlitz as she explores the mysteries of life and death from a variety of perspect...
by Amanda Zink, J.D., M.A.
Hello Barbie, a doll with artificial intelligence (AI) that enables it to “talk” with children, is slated for release this November, just in time for the holiday season.
When a child activates a microphone inside Hello Barbie’s necklace, her words will be recorded and transmitted to computer servers. Speech recognition software will convert the audio message to analyzable text, enabling the “correct” response to be chosen out of thousands of pre-scripted lines.
Given recent articles on this toy in the popular press, I pose the question: Has Mattel taken enough time to think through the problems that could ensue from giving thousands of children a talking friend and uploading their conversations to the Cloud – for the manufacturers, the children’s parents, and maybe even the NSA to hear?…
This is "Steve as Christ's Head" by Antonia Rolls.
"This is the last painting of Steve. Here he is, after death, peaceful and wonderful, with a halo like the paintings of the crucified Christ. I wanted to capture the light reflecting in hi...
This is "Goodbye Michael, Goodbye Old Friend" by Antonia Rolls.
"From a photo that my brother Ralph took on his last visit with our father to Michael. My father and Michael had been friends for over 50 years, this was his last goodbye."
This is "Peter and Anne Snell" by Antonia Rolls.
"Peter asked to be included in the exhibition but did not live to see this painting. His wife Anne loved him to the end."