The church can be a space for difficult conversations about choices at the end of life—along with being a place for communal care.
Brittany Maynard's story is compelling—but not typical. Basing policy on cases like hers can be dangerous to the people the policy affects.
As a review committee member, I assured foreign delegations that the Dutch model was a good one. That conclusion has become harder to support.
Most Americans say they want to discuss end-of-life treatment with their doctors. Yet few seriously ill patients ever actually do.
Before her recent death with the assistance of a prescription of barbiturates, Brittany Maynard, who was terminally ill, made public her hopes that this would be a watershed moment for the movement to make choices such as hers legal in all of the U.S. I can understand some of the reasoning of that campaign, even if I don’t agree with it.
In the U.S., assisted suicide has mostly been a hard sell. But there are some clear steps to take to improve end-of-life care.
"If I walk into the room of a patient dying in faith, hope, and love, I feel I need to take my shoes off. It is that holy."