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[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 One year ago, I lost my 36 year-old husband, JJ, to cancer.  We had 3 years, 7 months, and 18 days together following his diagnosis until that fateful December day when I lost the love of...

Assisted suicide advocates from western Massachusetts held a meeting in Worcester to promote the End of Life Options Act. I attended because, as a physician assistant, I am concerned about protecting my vulnerable patients. They had a hard time answering my questions. “Why six months when...

As Canada considers legalizing child euthanasia, one ethicist warns it would be a mistake to think the practice will never make its way into the United States. In every country that has legalized euthanasia upon request, save for one, doctors are now killing children. Wesley J....

Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. This is a global day of giving back, where you’ll have the chance to join people around the world to celebrate generosity, sowing acts of kindness and make an impact...