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In Case You Missed It: September 2017

In Case You Missed It is a monthly round-up of news articles and commentaries featuring Dying With Dignity Canada speakers and stories. Did you miss these stories in September?

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Denise's story: My husband's medically assisted death was a compassionate gift

A few months after Denise's husband, Ed, was diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, he began to feel "trapped" in his body. Ed, who had lost the ability to move or do the things he loved, was so relieved to discover that he qualified for a medically assisted death. In this blog post, Denise tells the story of her husband's devastating disease and the days and weeks leading up to the peaceful death he so desired.

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Liana Brittain: Why I believe advance requests for assisted dying must be allowed

In this blog post, Liana Brittain outlines why she believes advance requests must be permitted under Canada's assisted dying legislation. She writes about what it was like caring for her mother, who had dementia, and reflects on how her husband, Paul, had to access assisted dying early before he could lose capacity and be deemed ineligible under the law.

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Dying With Dignity Canada to intervene in Quebec constitutional challenge to federal assisted dying legislation

Dying With Dignity Canada has been named an official intervener in a court case challenging the constitutionality of both the federal and Quebec assisted dying laws.

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Liana Brittain: I went to an international end-of-life conference. This is what I learned.

Just four months after her husband, Paul, accessed his right to a peaceful death, Liana Brittain found herself speaking alongside doctors and giants of the movement at an international conference on end-of-life issues. In this blog post, she provides a recap of the event and talks about the lessons she learned along the way.

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Robyn Moro, plaintiff in challenge to Bill C-14, dies at 68

Canadian medical professionals should look to the recent death of a plaintiff in a court challenge to the federal right-to-die law to better their understanding of how the eligibility rules for assisted dying can be applied, Dying With Dignity Canada says.

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Video: What it's like to provide assisted dying for the first time

Many recent documentaries and magazine articles have delved into what it’s like to support a family member who's accessed their right to assisted dying.

But fewer have explored what it’s like for the handful of doctors and nurse practitioners in Canada who are involved in providing medical assistance in dying (MAID). Their insights provide another side to the story, and they are essential to our understanding of how the right to assisted dying is changing the way Canadians experience the dying process.

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Liana Brittain: How assisted dying has changed the way Canadians experience death

The passage of Canada's medical assistance in dying law has transformed the way some Canadians experience the dying process. In her latest blog post, Liana Brittain reflects on this change and reminisces about how she and her husband, Paul, planned for his assisted death. 

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Andrew's story: How the assisted dying law discriminates against young Canadians

For as long as he can remember, Andrew Adams has lived with intolerable, unpredictable pain. But because of his age and the overly restrictive and unconstitutional assisted dying law, he is barred from accessing his Charter right to an assisted death. Like his close friends, Julia Lamb and Adam Maier-Clayton, Andrew is taking the time to speak out for much-needed changes to a law that currently excludes far too many suffering Canadians.

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In Case You Missed It: August 2017

In Case You Missed It is a monthly round-up of news articles and commentaries featuring Dying With Dignity Canada speakers and stories. Did you miss these stories in August?

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