Tag Archives: Death with Dignity Act

We’ll Walk With You; Let Life End Naturally & With Dignity

Brittany Maynard was a young wife, at age 29, and she had a horrible disease: Glioblastoma Multiforme. She was articulate, and attractive, and we all felt badly that she suffered.  She had headaches, memory loss and seizures, and she moved from California to Oregon, a state where physician-assisted suicide is legal. She took her life, […]

The Death With Dignity Act: Post-Election Follow Up

Amidst all the political hub-bub of the presidential election and Barack Obama’s re-election as President of the United States, most news media ignored the narrow defeat of the Massachusetts ballot initiative termed the “Death with Dignity Act.” At the end of the night, the margin was slim. With 99.9 percent of the vote in, the […]

Do We Need ‘Thanaticians’ for the Terminally Ill? (Part 1)

Dr. Ronald W. Pies, professor of psychiatry at The State University of New York (SUNY) and Tufts, asks the above question prompted at least in part by his 89-year-old mothers’ dying. I understand his distress, as I deal with my own mother at age 89, who with a critical heart valve narrowing and severe lung disease, has […]