Republished from Death with Dignity National Center. One year ago, on September 19, 2019, the Maine Death with Dignity Act went into effect and implementation of the law began. Many years of grassroots organizing and legislative partnerships paved the way for passage of the law. But the success ofCONTINUE READING »
Republished from Death with Dignity National Center. Maine resident Karen Wentworth is the second patient to access the Maine Death with Dignity Act, which went into effect in September 2019. In the second installment of this 3-part series, Karen reads from an essay she wrote after she obtained the death-hasteningCONTINUE READING »
Karen Wentworth, a resident of South Portland, Maine, shares her experience as a terminally ill patient qualifying for the Maine Death with Dignity Act on "Making the Call," a medical ethics podcast. Joined by Peg Sandeen, PhD, Executive Director of Death with Dignity National Center, they discuss withCONTINUE READING »
I don't know about you, but it feels to me like we are in a time warp. So much has changed recently. With Health Care Decisions Day (April 16) right around the corner and a pandemic in our faces, I am certain of only one thing now: Death.CONTINUE READING »
We did it. It's finally, finally ours. Opposition to the Maine Death with Dignity Act reported they do not have enough signatures to submit for a veto question. We have changed the course of Maine's history and our dying loved ones may now have the control they desireCONTINUE READING »
Skidompha Library’s 2015 Emil Landau Forum examined important end-of-life issues and options with a presentation titled, “How Do I Own My Own Death?” Executive Director Val Lovelace spoke to a group of over 80 attendees.