Category Archives: Death with Dignity

Posts pertaining to the “Death with Dignity” movement, and related issues.

As ‘a Person of No Faith’: Death…

Date: December 18, 2019

01) Johnny Cash’s last interview (final) – ‘I Expect My Life To End Soon’

As “a person of no faith”, I cannot speak for everyone…but for myself, death is not scary…

…Honestly, I don’t recall any point in my life, where I felt terror or fright over my own mortality…and I am completely at ease with the inevitability.

Death is, however…a heart breaker…and a grievous annoyance…because it is going to cause me to stop engaging in everything that has given my life meaning…What I love, will no longer be mine to experience.

When you’ve spent so much of your life dedicating it to something much larger than yourself…you never reach that point where you are finally done…There is always so much left to do…but “you” cannot do it.

Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die…


Date: November 25, 2019

01) Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die

“In a frank and personal documentary, author Sir Terry Pratchett considers how he might choose to end his life. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008, Terry wants to know whether he might be able to end his life before his disease takes over. Travelling to the Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland, Terry witnesses first-hand the procedures set out for assisted death, and confronts the point at which he would have to take the lethal drug.”

This is probably the best documentary on assisted suicide, that I have ever watched.


The Body Donors – Season 1 Episode 1 & 2…


Date: November 17, 2019

This is extremely graphic:

If you watch these, you will see a preserved, dead human body dissected…as well as a dead human body being operated on…as well as the beginning steps of an embalming. There is no censoring of this.

I would argue that making this noble choice is a dignified path into death.

I also find this subject matter to be fascinating.

Watch at your own discretion…but this is very informative, about the actual process.

01) The Body Donors – Season 1 Episode 1 – Pilot

“Documentary series following two people who have donated their bodies to science, both before the death and after. Diana has time to plan her own memorial service, while Mike meets the anatomy students who will be working on his cadaver.”

02) The Body Donors – Season 1 Episode 2

“Documentary series following two people who have donated their bodies to science, both before the death and after. Diana has time to plan her own memorial service, while Mike meets the anatomy students who will be working on his cadaver.”


Victorian firefighter dies in Swiss clinic…


Date: November 04, 2019

01) Victorian firefighter dies in Swiss clinic

“Veteran Victorian firefighter Troy Thornton has died in a Swiss euthanasia clinic, leaving a powerful message for Australian politicians and voters.

He wanted the nation to think deeply about the concept of dying well, and to challenge the notion that choosing death is somehow wrong.

The 54-year-old died by lethal injection late on Friday, Australian time. His wife Christine was there to hold his hand, but he died without his two teenage children by his side.

He urged Australian voters to tell their politicians what they want when it comes to end of life choices.

“When it’s our life, we should have control. We should be able to choose if we are of sound mind. That’s what I’d like to say”


Sleep is Just Death Being Shy…

Date: September 16, 2019

01) Sleep is Just Death Being Shy

You know why we should all be better to each other?…

I think the answers to this question, are inherently touched on in this video.

This is all we have…and it’s not going to matter, for the most part, once we are long gone.

…We shouldn’t try to make this experience of life a living hell for anyone, when this life is all they will honestly ever have.

Noa Pothoven [17] of Arnhem in the Netherlands is legally euthanised…

Date: June 05, 2019

01) Noa Pothoven of Arnhem in the Netherlands is legally euthanised

“A 17-year-old Dutch girl has been euthanised at her home. She said the trauma of being raped as a child made her feel she couldn’t keep living.

Noa Pothoven, 17, has been legally euthanised in the Netherlands, saying the pain she was dealing with after a childhood rape was “insufferable”.

Noa, from Arnhem, said in a social media post a day before her death last Sunday that she “breaths but no longer lives”.

Noa wrote an autobiography called Winning or Learning, after sexual assaults and rapes as a small girl led her to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anorexia.

She was attacked three times as a youngster.

Children as young as 12 can opt for euthanasia in the Netherlands but only after a doctor determines that the patient’s pain is unbearable.

Euthanasia is also legal in some US states, Canada and Belgium.”

This has got to be one of the single most messed up things I have ever read…

…Not that kids can opt into it…but that this is considered to be a valid reason for it.

It can take many years to work through your issues…That doesn’t mean life will never be worth living again.

Books that help bereaved children…


Date: May 27, 2019

01) Books that help bereaved children

“As a new wave of emotional wellbeing books for children hits the market, meet Clare Shaw, an author of therapeutic stories covering tricky subjects such as bereavement.

“All too often I find myself reading another article around child mental health and the ‘crisis’ we now find ourselves in. Reports that one in eight children in England have a mental health disorder. Yet, only a third receive the treatment they need. These figures make for upsetting reading.

“My greatest fear is that every child has worries and emotions that they often can’t understand or control. These feelings could turn into something bigger and more troublesome as the child grows, but in the right way, at the right time, could so simply be relieved while still young. I wanted to find a way that could help and writing appears to be my way.”

02) Love Will Never Die: Helping children through bereavement

“Following the death of a loved one, it is vital that children have the opportunity to grieve. Using direct but child-friendly language, this book addresses the mixed emotions felt by a child during that process. It offers support and understanding alongside areas where the child can express themselves through writing and drawing.”


Alan Watts – Acceptance of Death…


Date: May 01, 2019

01) Alan Watts – Acceptance of Death

“If you are afraid of death, be afraid. The point is to get with it, to let it take over – fear, ghosts, pains, transience, dissolution, and all. And then comes the hitherto unbelievable surprise; you don’t die because you were never born. You had just forgotten who you are.”


Mortality by Christopher Hitchens (Audiobook)…


Date: March 06, 2019

01) Mortality by Christopher Hitchens (Audiobook)

“This is the complete audiobook Mortality by Christopher Hitchens, narrated by Simon Prebble, with foreword written and narrated by Graydon Carter, and afterword written and narrated by Carol Blue. The book, comprised of seven essays that first appeared in Vanity Fair concerning his struggle with oesophageal cancer, with which he was diagnosed during his 2010 book tour and to which he succumbed in December 2011, was originally published on September 1, 2012.

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was an English author, essayist, journalist, and writer of over 30 books, including five collections of essays.”

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New Mexico Lawmakers Weighing Physician-Assisted Death Bill…


Date: February 03, 2019

01) New Mexico Lawmakers Weighing Physician-Assisted Death Bill

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“New Mexico could become the eighth state to allow physician-assisted death for the terminally ill, as lawmakers consider an aid-in-dying bill.

About 20 years ago, a similar law went into effect in Oregon. At the time, University of New Mexico School of Law professor Robert Schwartz was concerned with the bill’s ethics and gray areas.

“I was concerned about how they would play out,” Schwartz tells Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd. “But we have many years of experience — now 20 years in Oregon, many years in Washington, now some years in California and elsewhere, eight jurisdictions that allow aid in dying — and we can see that none of these worries have in fact come to fruition.”

Many of the worries now, he says, aren’t being based in fact. While it was wise to move slowly to implement the law in Oregon when it was first introduced, gathering data along the way, Schwartz says lawmakers should be obliged to use that data now in New Mexico.

“We can see that we really just haven’t had the problems that some thought would come with [an] aid in dying statute,” he says.”