Category Archives: living will

What would you do? Let the individual decide.

In the first week of the new year came the news of an elderly ill couple that had ended their lives together. As people read these words, their responses may be of many different kinds. There are those who are, … Continue reading

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Liberté for France??

Romantic suicide fever has gripped the French media in the past week after an 86-year-old couple, described as brilliant intellectuals, ended their lives together last Friday. Three days later, a second Parisian couple, aged 84 and 81, were found dead … Continue reading

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How will you die?

We are all going to do it at some point in our lives, but popular conceptions can be far from reality. Characters in soap operas, for instance, tend not only die quickly but mostly from unusual causes. In reality, most … Continue reading

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Putting it in writing

A watchdog committee has found that hundreds of people are being given inappropriate end-of-life care, and a substantial number being resuscitated against their wishes. (What follows is a lengthier article than usual, but we feel it may be of interest … Continue reading

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Do you plan ahead?

Exit is mostly about how to end your life in circumstances of unbearable and unrelievable suffering. But once we’ve got the mechanics of self-deliverance as second-knowledge, once we’ve made our peace with ourselves and others, there are still a million … Continue reading

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Advance directive on leading Oscars contender

George Clooney is in the running for yet more awards for his performance in this moving, sometimes tearful, family comedy drama about a man who loses his wife. As different family members struggle to come to terms with ‘switching the … Continue reading

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Responsible caring with dementia & euthanasia requests

When you tick off various boxes on your living will document, the ones where you might have dementia are always problematic. Euthanasia in cases of dementia raises even bigger questions of voluntariness. I have known ‘right-to-die’ supporters who say that … Continue reading

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Nurses barred from mentioning Dignitas

Under new guidelines, nurses are to be told they could go to prison for talking to patients about Dignitas. It is one of the broader interpretations of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ edicts on assisted suicide. They will be warned … Continue reading

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Leonard Cohen, poetry to the rescue, surrogates and problems of non-resuscitation . . .

This post looks at the strange juxtaposition of three things I came across in the past hour. Firstly, a bioethics post on some important new light on the use of surrogate decision-making – when you are unconscious and another nominated … Continue reading

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Exit launches updated living will

Advance directives, or “living wills” as they are commonly called, attempt to permit individuals to have a voice in situations where they are otherwise unable to control what is done to them. When they first appeared, they simply tried to … Continue reading

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Rights and being right are not the same

British law is caught in a neverneverland over assisted suicide. It’s kind of illegal (by statute) and kind of legal (by the the Director of Public Prosecutions guidelines – as long as you satisfy criteria retrospectively). So what’s a genuine, … Continue reading

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