Author: Kristen Hanson

Recently the effort to legalize physician-assisted suicide has ramped up in Virginia. For 2,500 years, medicine has claimed the role of healer, but this dangerous public policy would change that by requiring a doctor’s participation in a patient’s demise . Patients should never be conflicted...

[caption id="attachment_15" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Senior Man on Wheelchair, Low Section --- Image by © Image Werks/Corbis[/caption]   The suicide rate in Virginia, 13.2 per every 100,000 residents in 2016, increased an alarming 17.4 percent between 1999 and 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....

  [caption id="attachment_1928" align="aligncenter" width="300"] photographee.edu/Shutterstock.com[/caption]   Maine residents are being asked to sign a petition calling for a referendum on legalizing assisted suicide to be placed on the 2019 ballot. The practice was legalized in Oregon in 1997. Since then, there have been far more problematic issues...

Making the decision to transition your loved one to hospice care (for people whose medical conditions mean they are expected to die within six months) is a time of emotional upheaval. It’s often accompanied by confusion, with little understanding of available options or how hospice...

Kristen Hanson | Community Relations Advocate, Patients Rights Action Fund As 2019 comes to an end, and we begin to make plans for the year ahead, I am reminded that time is precious. Nearly two years ago, I lost my husband, JJ, to terminal brain cancer. Although...