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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

TVO's The Agenda: Whose Death is it Anyway?

Two weeks ago, Dying With Dignity Canada was invited to a live debate on TVO's The Agenda. Part of a week long series on death and dying, the discussion, "Whose Death is it Anyway?" featured Sholom Glouberman, President of Patients’ Association of Canada; Eric MacDonald, Dying With Dignity Canada; Jose Pereira, Professor of Palliative Care at the University of Ottawa and Margaret Somerville, an ‘Ethicist’ with the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law.

The full, hour long episode can be watched here:

You can also see the episode page here for more information, and to read the live chat discussion that was had during the original airing.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Study: Parents Weigh Hastening End for Dying Children

Watching a child suffer from a fatal illness is undoubtedly one of the greatest agonies a parent can face. Less discussed, however, are the lengths to which a parent may be willing to go to end such pain.

An intriguing new study led by doctors at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston aimed to explore that question through a series of interviews conducted with 141 parents whose children had died of cancer.