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October 19, 2014

VSED Interview - Not Here by Choice with Phyllis Shacter

The End-of-Life University has an online interview series that provides valuable resources and inspiration for the end of life.   On October 23, 2013 (1:00 ET), join Dr. Karen Wyatt and her guest Phyllis Shacter, an advocate for natural dying thr...
October 18, 2014

"Brain Death" : Facilitating Family/Hospital Dialogue about Death by Neurological Criteria

The Southern California Bioethics Committee Consortium (SCBCC) in collaboration with LMU Bioethics Institute is presenting "'Brain Death' - Facilitating Family/Hospital Dialogue about Death by Neurological Criteria." This is a half-day confe...
October 18, 2014

Jahi McMath Family Gathering Better Evidence Refuting Death Diagnosis

In an October 8 filing with the Alameda County Superior Court, Jahi McMath's family has acknowledged Dr. Fisher's concerns and criticisms with the evidence that it presented earlier this month.   In response, the McMath family has asked the court...
October 18, 2014

What If You Had To Keep PAYING Life Support Machine To Stay Alive?

In this short proof-of-concept film a woman copes with a terminal illness while a machine keeps her alive. And whenever time is up, her lover must pump more money into the machine. Director Jason Ho and his co-writer Andrew Post are hoping to tur...
October 18, 2014

Barbara Mancini Assisted Suicide Case

Pennsylvania nurse Barbara Mancini was prosecuted for allegedly helping her terminally ill, 93-year-old father overdose on a bottle of morphine. While the charges were ultimately dismissed, the prosecution harmed Barbara, her father, her family, hospic...
October 17, 2014

Death by Neurologic Criteria 1968 - 2014: Changing Interpretations

The December 2014 issue of the Journal of Critical Care includes a special section titled "Death by Neurologic Criteria 1968 - 2014: Changing Interpretations." The future of death Brian Wowk Where have we been? Where are we going? Initiatives to imp...
October 16, 2014

Minnesota Sentences Melchert-Dinkel to 178 Days in Jail for Assisted Suicide

Even in the five states (MT, NM, OR, VT, WA) where aid in dying is legal, assisted suicide is not.  

Aid in dying is for capacitated, terminally ill patients like Brittany Maynard.  In contrast, assisted suicide occurs under less controlled and less justifiable circumstances.  

Case in point:  William Melchert-Dinkel, who was just re-sentenced in Minnesota for preying upon suicidal people — encouraging two to take their lives.

October 16, 2014

Dying in America: IOM Recommendations and Next Steps for Stakeholders

On September 17, 2014, the Institute of Medicine released the report Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life, in which an expert committee identified “persistent major gaps in care near the end of life that require urgent attention from numerous stakeholder groups.” The committee made comprehensive recommendations in the areas of care delivery, clinician–patient communication and advance care planning, professional education and development, payment systems and policies, and public engagement and education.

On November 10, 2014 (1:00 ET), the IOM will present a webinar that will review the recommendations, explore possible next steps and barriers to implementation, and provide an opportunity for stakeholder groups to join the conversation. (Register here)  The webinar will feature brief presentations and an extended Q&A session with: 

  • Philip Pizzo (committee co-chair), Stanford University School of Medicine
  • David M. Walker (committee co-chair), Former U.S Comptroller General
  • Christian Sinclair (committee member), Gentiva Health Services (through September 2014)
  • Adrienne Stith Butler (study director), Institute of Medicine

October 15, 2014

Family Update on Jahi McMath

This was posted to Facebook today: "MESSAGE FROM JAHI'S MOTHER, NAILAH: Hello Everyone, I wanted to take this time out to thank you all for every donation every prayer and every positive thought you send Jahi's way. Jahi is physically stable. All of h...
October 14, 2014

Supreme Court of Canada Hears Arguments on Aid in Dying

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court of Canada hears arguments on whether terminally ill Canadians have right to a doctor-assisted death. Twenty-one ago, the court upheld the law that criminalizes physician and in dying.  But, as many of the more t...

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