The Netherlands' first ever clinic for assisted suicide and euthanasia has opened and includes a mobile service for those who wish to die at home.
I am starting to think that there are no answers to the issues most worth writing about, at least in psychiatry.
Georgia's Supreme Court on Monday unanimously struck down the state's assisted suicide law, a decision that results in the dismissal of criminal charges against four members of an assisted suicide network.
My sister's dog served as our feisty family mascot for more than a decade. Her death from a seizure earlier this year felt as if someone ripped a branch from our family tree, and the loss still hurts. That's why I was intrigued when Paws, Whiskers and Wags, the Georgia pet crematory that handled Daisy's remains, introduced monthly group grief counseling sessions.
Norwegian families visit Utoya island where a shooting took the lives of their loved ones. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.
CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on the life and legacy of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the Michigan pathologist who put assisted suicide on the world's medical ethics stage, died early Friday, according to a spokesman with Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He was 83.
In direct and emotional terms, President Barack Obama informed the nation and the world Sunday night that a U.S. operation in Pakistan earlier in the day killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden almost 10 years after terrorist attacks that killed thousands.
Nick Charles looks into the camera, as he's done thousands of times before. Except he's not calling a boxing match for sports fans around the world.
A Canadian family fighting to keep their 13-month-old son on a breathing tube says they have been denied a request to have him transferred to a hospital in Michigan.
The Supreme Court will decide if grieving families deserve protection from angry protesters.
CNN's Suzanne Malveaux talks with supermodel and TV personality Tyra Banks about bullying.
When it comes to the recent tragedies involving "bullycide" (bullying that leads to teenage suicide), how are we supposed to cope as parents? As a community? Grief expert David Kessler explains why there are new lessons to be found in the classic five stages of grief.
A German court on Friday absolved a women who cut the feeding tube of her mother, who was in a persistent vegetative state, saying passive assisted suicide is legal in cases where the patient has expressed the desire to die.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan once believed a federal law to ban physician-assisted suicide was a "fairly terrible idea." The handwritten remarks were part of more than 46,000 documents released Friday, as Senate lawmakers prepare for confirmation hearings for the 50-year-old Kagan.
In his essay "The Myth of Sisyphus," Albert Camus writes, "Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy." It is not a question we like to think about.
Last year, after the accidental death of an actress in the prime of her life, Jackie Hooper was seized by thoughts of sudden death and things left unsaid.
CNN's Errol Barnett looks at dramatic iReport video from Haiti, and notes people using social media to find loved ones.
Is she hurt? Is she getting help? Is she even alive?
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It has long been the final destination for terminally ill patients who want to end their lives, offering what many consider to be a dignified way out of their suffering.
Britain's high court rules in favor of Debbie Purdy in her assisted suicide case. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.
The director of public prosecutions in Britain issued a new policy on assisted suicide Wednesday, making clear at what point he believes people should face charges if they help a loved one go abroad to die.
An Australian quadriplegic who won the right to refuse food and water died Monday of an upper respiratory infection, his brother and a right-to-die advocate said.
Former truck driver Robert Baxter died in December, a victim of leukemia. But the legal battle over his death -- and whether he had the right, along with his doctors, to hasten it -- continues.
An Australian high court ruled Friday that a quadriplegic man has the right to refuse food and water and can be allowed to die, a rare legal finding that some see as a major victory for right-to-die campaigners.
The heated national debate on health care reform has taken an unusual turn, with many eyes focused on a minor provision regarding end-of-life care embedded in the House bill.
A British woman won a major legal victory Thursday in her fight to die with her husband by her side if she travels abroad for assisted suicide.
Neither of Dr. Arthur Kellerman's parents wanted to die in a hospital. His father had metastatic cancer and his mother had had multiple strokes, and Kellerman wanted to respect their wishes about the ends of their lives.
A 66-year-old woman with stage 4 pancreatic cancer became the first person to use Washington's assisted suicide law, a nonprofit organization announced Friday.
Two weeks, the doctors estimated. That's how long they expected Lillie Bradley to live after an infection spread to her pancreas, liver and bile duct.
A form of liquid morphine used by terminally ill patients will remain on the market even though it is an "unapproved drug," according to a decision by the Food and Drug Administration.
When George Dello of San Diego was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and told he had at best five months to live, he didn't immediately begin the chemotherapy treatments his doctor recommended. Instead, he and his wife, Pam, drove up the California coast and spent a week among the redwoods north of San Francisco.
An elderly British couple who died together at an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland died "peacefully" after receiving "wonderful and humbling care" from their doctors, the couple's family said.
A British woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis has lost her appeal to clarify Britain's laws on assisted suicide, a charity working with the woman said Thursday.
Carole Dunham, 69, loved the ocean. Last July, she was diagnosed with cancer and had only a few months to live. Dunham knew her last footprint had to be a green one, and she started looking into eco-friendly alternatives to traditional burial.
A British multiple sclerosis sufferer is attempting to clarify the law on assisted suicide, an option she has said she wants if her pain becomes unbearable.
A British TV channel was scheduled to air a controversial documentary Wednesday night showing a terminally ill man committing assisted suicide.
British TV airing of assisted suicide documentary sparks debate over broadcast standards. CNN's Aphonso Van Marsh reports
British television audiences will be shown an assisted suicide for the first time Wednesday, when a documentary is aired about a man taking his own life at a Swiss clinic.
A woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis lost her legal bid Wednesday to clarify Britain's laws on assisted suicide.
The death of a rugby player has sparked debate over assisted suicide in Britain. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.
UK prosecutors may charge the parents of paralyzed rugby player Daniel James with helping their son end his life.
The battle over end-of-life decisions has taken to the airwaves as Washington state voters decide whether to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication
Pope Benedict XVI urged ailing pilgrims to accept death "at the hour chosen by God," reasserting the Vatican's opposition to euthanasia on Monday
An Italian appeals court rules that a father can cut off life support to his comatose daughter in a case that has echoes of a U.S. controversy three years ago
Former Washington State governor Booth Gardner is crusading to make physician-assisted suicide legal in his state. It won't be an easy battle
A German politician says he has invented a "suicide machine" for terminally ill people. CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports.
A former top-level German politician has invented what he calls a "suicide machine" for terminally ill patients who want to die.
A disfigured woman's case rekindles the debate in France over a person's right to die. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.
A new Dutch study shows that doctors are increasingly choosing to sedate patients permanently as end-of-life care
A French woman severely disfigured by facial tumors has been found dead just two days after a court rejected her request for an assisted suicide.
The terrible agony of Chantal Sebire is over, but the cause she championed may change laws after her death
Pleading not guilty on all counts, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was arraigned on charges of first-degree murder, assisted suicide and delivery of a controlled substance for the assisted suicide of Thomas Youk and learned he will face trial in early March 1999.
A Michigan judge has granted prosecutors' request to drop the assisted suicide charge against Dr. Jack Kevorkian leaving only the murder charge intact for his upcoming trial.
Representing himself in his murder trial, Dr. Jack Kevorkian argued in his opening statement that he did not intend to kill Thomas Youk, but rather felt compelled to do so because his duty as a physician demanded it.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian may need to testify on his behalf to avoid a conviction for first-degree murder when his trial resumes Thursday.
After three acquittals and a mistrial, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was found guilty of second-degree murder and delivery of a controlled substance for his role in the death of Lou Gehrig's disease patient Thomas Youk.
In a ruling anticipated by Dr. Jack Kevorkian and his appellate lawyers, the trial judge who sent the reputed "Dr. Death" to prison in April rejected his request for a new trial.
Calling him "libel proof," a Michigan appeals court Monday dismissed Dr. Jack Kevorkian's defamation suit against two medical groups that called him a killer in their literature.
Confident that they have proven intent to kill, Michigan prosecutors rested their case in the murder trial of Dr. Jack Kevorkian after playing the videotape of Thomas Youk's death and calling the medical examiner and investigators in the case.
On the day New Jersey's most prolific serial killer received 11 consecutive life sentences, family members of his victims gave the former nurse a verbal lashing in court.
More than one medical professional is under scrutiny as a possible person of interest as Louisiana's attorney general investigates whether hospital workers resorted to euthanasia in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina shattered New Orleans, a source familiar with the investigation has told CNN.
Three days after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, staff members at the city's Memorial Medical Center had repeated discussions about euthanizing patients they thought might not survive the ordeal, according to a doctor and nurse manager who were in the hospital at the time.
More than two months after Terri Schiavo died, there are answers about what killed her but as in her life, there is a dispute in her death.
The Terri Schiavo case is exceptional in many ways, but all too common in one: "In 25 years, I cannot count the number of times that families were in disagreement about what was right for the patie...
The Terri Schiavo case was exceptional in many ways, but all too common in one: "In 25 years, I cannot count the number of times that families were in disagreement about what was right for the patient," says Don Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
CNN.com asked its users how the legal, moral and medical issues surrounding Terri Schiavo's life and death have affected their views or changed their lives. Here is a sampling from thousands of responses, some of which have been edited.
CNN.com asked its users for their views and thoughts about Terri Schiavo and the national debate surrounding the rights of patients and their families. Here is a sampling from thousands of responses, some of which have been edited.
CNN.com asked its users for their views on the national debate surrounding the rights of patients and their families. Here is a sampling from thousands of responses, some of which have been edited.
The next contentious end-of-life issue: assisted suicide. How Oregon offers a way out.
What the bitter fight tells us about politics, religion, the courts and life itself.
The Florida Supreme Court dismissed -- for the second time in a week -- a bid by Terri Schiavo's parents to have their brain-damaged daughter's feeding tube reconnected.
What caused Terri Schiavo's condition?
A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday night against the parents of Terri Schiavo, who are in a desperate race to prolong the life of their brain-damaged daughter.
It was spring of 1996 when 18-year-old Tommy Joannou playfully posed for a photo with his mother and brothers.
The case of Theresa Marie Schiavo has again made headlines this week.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals twice denied requests Wednesday from the parents of Terri Schiavo, who are seeking to have the severely brain-damaged woman's feeding tube reinserted.
The state judge who ordered Terri Schiavo's feeding tube removed last week rejected the latest effort by Florida officials to intervene in the brain-damaged woman's case.
The film "Mar Adentro" -- or "The Sea Inside" -- tells the true story of a quadriplegic who wanted to end his life, and in the process became Spain's most famous case of euthanasia.
From protesters, to politicians, Terri Schiavo's fate has sparked a debate across the United States.
The case of Terry Schiavo became a battleground this weekend between right-to-life advocates and those who say it would be more humane to end her life than prolong it. Congress met in a rare special session Sunday to consider bipartisan legislation that would save her life.
The feeding tube for the brain-damaged Florida woman at the center of a bitter moral and legal tug of war was disconnected Friday afternoon, and her husband's lawyer pleaded, "She has a right to die in peace."
The father of a brain-damaged Florida woman said a judge's ruling Friday ordering his daughter's feeding tube to be removed March 18 is "a temporary relief."
Dutch health officials are considering guidelines doctors could follow for euthanizing terminally ill people "with no free will," including children, the severely mentally retarded and patients in irreversible comas.
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