Us – Reuters/Yahoo News
The New Jersey state Assembly has passed a measure that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients. However, the legislation must still win approval in the state Senate and then be signed by Governor Chris Christie, before becoming law.
Germany – Deutsche Welle
An unusual, highly emotional debate in German parliament ended with the majority expressing support for prohibiting organised assisted suicide. But not all representatives called for an outright ban of the practice.
“Too stringent an approach to assisted dying risks locking people with mental illness out of the right to make decisions about the end of their lives.”
Earlier this year, start-up Eterni.me announced that it is is developing a set of algorithms that will learn to emulate a dead person’s personality by analysing digital footprint of the dead.
Mail & Guardian
“Say them quickly, then forget. The dying words. Terminal. Dead. Deceased. Friends and acquaintances die every day. We go to their funerals, but we try not to think about death.”
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lifted the state of emergency imposed to control an Ebola outbreak that has ravaged the country.
“Media coverage of the growing Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia has presented world audiences with apocalyptic predictions of ultimate death tolls and grisly imaginings of its spread to other shores. But we’ve heard little about the people left behind. What impacts has the epidemic had on their livelihoods?”
The Journal of the America Medical Association has published a study in the current issue that adds to the body of research showing lower costs for Medicare beneficiaries that access hospice care.
A conference help this weekend will explore the role of singing in care in the areas of dementia, palliative care, Parkinson’s disease, stroke rehabilitation, special needs, and community health and wellness.
ehospice International children’s edition
A record breaking 373 people dressed in penguin costumes turned up for a Guinness World Record attempt and a 2km waddle around the London and raise funds for Richard House Children’s Hospice.
ehospice South Africa
Greta Schoeman, founder of the Highway Hospice, has died after a protracted battle with cancer. She was 79.