World media roundup – 19 December 2013

Categories: In The Media.

‘Prison Terminal’: Kidnappers Care for Murderers at End of Life

ABC News

Director Edgar Barens lived and worked as both sound man and camera man for six months at Iowa State, one of the nation’s oldest maximum-security prisons, filming dying prisoner Jack Hall and his fellow inmates. With Hall’s permission, he captured the profoundly intimate moment of his death.

“But Doctor, I Want To Live”: The Other Side Of The “Dignified Death” Debate


Writer David Shaywitz considers the argument that patients may be persuaded by their doctor to decline treatments they might actually desire.

France is slowly but surely moving towards assisted suicide

Life Site News

France is slowly but surely moving towards an “assisted suicide” law, including provision for “exceptional euthanasia,” with the publication Monday of a report by a public panel of 18 “representative” citizens.

Living wills require very precise language: A look at what these are and how to make one

The Vancouver Sun

University of British Columbia law professor, Isabel Grant, says the most common problems with living wills is that they are too general.

Shared Military Bonds: Hospice looks to veterans to provide extra care

The Blade

An area hospice agency in the US seeks veterans willing to help fellow veterans approaching the end of their lives by connecting through shared military bonds.

Columnist Ellen Goodman wants families to have end-of-life talks before a crisis hits

Washington Post

It was only as her mother lay dying nearly seven years ago that Ellen Goodman began to realize she had never had a real conversation with her about her end-of-life wishes. By then, it was too late. Her mother was already suffering from dementia.

Cancer patients suffer from poor access to palliative care

Financial Times

World Child Cancer (WCC), the UK-based charity chosen by the Financial Times for the 2013 Seasonal Appeal, works with children with cancer in the developing world, where survival rates are much lower than in the west. As part of its work, the WCC tries to help children get the drugs they need and with this aim in mind has worked to encourage training, access and improved education.

Uganda: Partial scholarships available for diploma course in children’s palliative care

ehospice Africa

Mildmay Uganda is pleased to announce that the first 20 applicants will receive a 50% partial scholarship for their recently accredited diploma in paediatric palliative care.

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