Category Archives: Death with Dignity

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

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…


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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.”

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Alan Watts – Acceptance of Death…


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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.”

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Mortality by Christopher Hitchens (Audiobook)…


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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…


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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.”

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Caring for Babies and Children Who Die…


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Date: November 09, 2018

01) Caring for Babies and Children Who Die


“A funeral director’s perspective on caring for babies and children.”

Some children do experience the ugliness of this world, before they die…They’re not all naïve…My one quibble…

I think I understand about the “better off with this death, than a worse death later” point…or having to terribly suffer in life, and being released from that future.

I guess…

…I decided to share this more for the portions with the discussion about the free services…and the portion about allowing relatives to hold and interact with the child.

It’s a little known fact, that people can care for their own dead…so long as they follow the regulations…

…In addition, some funeral homes welcome the relatives in…to be part of preparing the body…to an extent, anyway…I’m sure they send them home, before an embalming.

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Flameless Cremation – Water Cremation – Alkaline Hydrolysis Facility and Explanation…


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Date: October 07, 2018

01) Flameless Cremation – Water Cremation – Alkaline Hydrolysis Facility and Explanation


“A funeral director chats with a funeral director who runs a flameless cremation facility to understand the process.

Water cremation, flameless cremation, alkaline hydrolysis, resomation”

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How Doctors Tell Patients They’re Dying…


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Date: June 27, 2018

01) How Doctors Tell Patients They’re Dying | Being Mortal | FRONTLINE


“When Clyde Earle checked into a hospital expecting to return home, his doctor, Kathy Selvaggi, had to deliver some bad news. Our film “Being Mortal” explores issues of death, aging, and what is important in the last days of life.”

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Suicide as a Uniquely Human Phenomenon…


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Date: June 22, 2018

01) CARTA: Awareness of Death and Mortality: The Lure of Death: Suicide as a Uniquely Human Phenomenon


“(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv) Nicholas Humphrey gives a sobering look at the uniquely human trait of suicide, its alarming prevalence, and what this means to human biological fitness. Recorded on 03/03/2017. Series: “CARTA – Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny” [Humanities] [Science] [Show ID: 32057]”

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