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Dutch euthanasia clinic offers mobile serviceupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 06:57:00

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.

Should grief be treated like depression? updated: Thu Feb 16 2012 23:20:00

I am starting to think that there are no answers to the issues most worth writing about, at least in psychiatry.

Court strikes down Georgia's assisted-suicide lawupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 11:12:00

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.

How to deal with the loss of a petupdated: Thu Aug 25 2011 16:38:00

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.

Grieving families visit Utoya Islandupdated: Sun Aug 21 2011 09:56:00

Norwegian families visit Utoya island where a shooting took the lives of their loved ones. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.

The legacy of 'Dr. Death'updated: Fri Jun 03 2011 23:29:00

CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on the life and legacy of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

'Dr. Death' Jack Kevorkian is dead at 83updated: Fri Jun 03 2011 23:29:00

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.

Obama tells families of 9/11 victims that 'justice has been done'updated: Mon May 02 2011 09:40:00

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.

Facing death, CNN sports legend embraces lifeupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 14:49:00

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.

Canadian family fights to move baby on life support to U.S.updated: Fri Feb 25 2011 01:53:00

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.

Free speech vs. funeral privacyupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 15:57:00

The Supreme Court will decide if grieving families deserve protection from angry protesters.

Tyra Banks: I was a bullyupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 09:02:00

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux talks with supermodel and TV personality Tyra Banks about bullying.

The grief of bullycideupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 09:02:00

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.

German court OKs assisted suicide in some casesupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 13:02:00

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.

Kagan opposed making doctor-assisted suicide federal crimeupdated: Sat Jun 05 2010 12:15:00

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.

Assisted suicide and 'free choice'updated: Wed May 05 2010 10:02:00

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.

Grief finds connection, healing onlineupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 10:07:00

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.

Hope and horror on the Webupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 16:53:00

CNN's Errol Barnett looks at dramatic iReport video from Haiti, and notes people using social media to find loved ones.

Are they alive? In waiting, families grieve for loved ones missing in Haitiupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 16:53:00

Is she hurt? Is she getting help? Is she even alive?

Where to get degree in death, anime or psychic abilitiesupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 09:58:00

Are you thinking of getting a graduate degree, but want something with a narrower focus than an MBA or a JD?

Swiss plan controls on 'suicide tourism'updated: Thu Oct 29 2009 11:56:00

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.

Right to die rulingupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 09:22:00

Britain's high court rules in favor of Debbie Purdy in her assisted suicide case. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.

Britain clarifies assisted suicide lawsupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 09:22:00

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.

Australian granted right to starve to death dies of infectionupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 12:00:00

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.

Montana's top court to hear right-to-die argumentsupdated: Tue Sep 01 2009 18:26:00

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.

Australian quadriplegic granted right to starve to deathupdated: Fri Aug 14 2009 21:17:00

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.

Commentary: 'Death panel' rumors are falseupdated: Fri Aug 14 2009 13:35:00

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.

UK legal victory for assisted suicide campaignupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 15:22:00

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.

Doctor-patient talk could cut costs, ethicists sayupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 09:23:00

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.

Cancer patient first to use Washington's assisted suicide lawupdated: Fri May 22 2009 16:03:00

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.

Families learn to say goodbye to the dyingupdated: Tue May 12 2009 19:23:00

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.

'Unapproved' morphine to stay on market, FDA rulesupdated: Fri Apr 10 2009 12:07:00

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.

'You're going to die the way you live'updated: Tue Apr 07 2009 14:39:00

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.

British couple die at assisted suicide clinicupdated: Fri Mar 06 2009 07:38:00

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.

UK woman loses assisted suicide appealupdated: Thu Feb 19 2009 09:15:00

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.

Green burials: A dying wish to be 'home for fish'updated: Wed Feb 18 2009 10:13:00

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.

MS sufferer challenges suicide rulingupdated: Tue Feb 03 2009 10:51:00

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.

TV channel to broadcast assisted suicideupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 01:05:00

A British TV channel was scheduled to air a controversial documentary Wednesday night showing a terminally ill man committing assisted suicide.

British debate: Suicide on TV?updated: Thu Dec 11 2008 01:05:00

British TV airing of assisted suicide documentary sparks debate over broadcast standards. CNN's Aphonso Van Marsh reports

Q&A: Assisted suicide in Britainupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 01:04:00

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.

UK woman loses suicide court challengeupdated: Wed Oct 29 2008 09:17:00

A woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis lost her legal bid Wednesday to clarify Britain's laws on assisted suicide.

UK debates assisted suicideupdated: Thu Oct 23 2008 08:45:00

The death of a rugby player has sparked debate over assisted suicide in Britain. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.

UK parents may be charged over assisted suicideupdated: Thu Oct 23 2008 08:45:00

UK prosecutors may charge the parents of paralyzed rugby player Daniel James with helping their son end his life.

Time.com: Lethal Drugs For Terminally Ill in Washington?updated: Sat Oct 11 2008 15:00:00

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

Time.com: Pope: 'Accept Death at God's Choosing'updated: Mon Sep 15 2008 12:00:00

Pope Benedict XVI urged ailing pilgrims to accept death "at the hour chosen by God," reasserting the Vatican's opposition to euthanasia on Monday

Time.com: Italy's Terri Schiavo Caseupdated: Fri Jul 18 2008 12:00:00

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

Time.com: A New Fight to Legalize Euthanasiaupdated: Fri May 16 2008 20:00:00

Former Washington State governor Booth Gardner is crusading to make physician-assisted suicide legal in his state. It won't be an easy battle

Suicide machineupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 14:03:00

A German politician says he has invented a "suicide machine" for terminally ill people. CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports.

Suicide machine sparks outrageupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 14:03:00

A former top-level German politician has invented what he calls a "suicide machine" for terminally ill patients who want to die.

Right to die debateupdated: Thu Mar 27 2008 12:52:00

A disfigured woman's case rekindles the debate in France over a person's right to die. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

Time.com: When Is Sedation Really Euthanasia?updated: Fri Mar 21 2008 20:50:00

A new Dutch study shows that doctors are increasingly choosing to sedate patients permanently as end-of-life care

Euthanasia debate woman found deadupdated: Thu Mar 20 2008 17:44:00

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.

Time.com: Death Sets French Euthanasia Debateupdated: Thu Mar 20 2008 12:00:00

The terrible agony of Chantal Sebire is over, but the cause she championed may change laws after her death

Kevorkian Case: Kevorkian trial setupdated: Mon Dec 31 2007 10:05:00

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.

Kevorkian Case: Judge agrees to drop assisted suicide charge updated: Mon Dec 31 2007 10:04:00

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.

Kevorkian Case: Kevorkian delivers his own openingupdated: Mon Dec 31 2007 10:04:00

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.

Kevorkian Case: Prosecutors rest their short caseupdated: Mon Dec 31 2007 10:04:00

Dr. Jack Kevorkian may need to testify on his behalf to avoid a conviction for first-degree murder when his trial resumes Thursday.

Kevorkian Case: Kevorkian found guiltyupdated: Mon Dec 31 2007 10:03:00

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.

Kevorkian Case: Judge denies request for new trial updated: Mon Dec 31 2007 10:03:00

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.

Kevorkian Case: Appeals court dismisses defamation suit updated: Mon Dec 31 2007 10:02:00

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.

Kevorkian Case: Video of killing shown to juryupdated: Mon Dec 31 2007 10:02:00

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.

Killer nurse gets 11 life sentences updated: Thu Mar 02 2006 10:42:00

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.

Katrina investigation focuses on more than one person updated: Wed Dec 21 2005 12:42:00

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.

Staff at New Orleans hospital debated euthanizing patientsupdated: Wed Oct 12 2005 18:08:00

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.

Medical examiner releases Terri Schiavo autopsy reportupdated: Wed Jun 15 2005 17:01:00

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.

Money Magazine: Who Will Speak for You When You Can't?updated: Sun May 01 2005 00:01:00

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...

CNNMoney: Who will speak for you when you can't?updated: Thu Apr 14 2005 15:32:00

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.

Your e-mails: Personal impactupdated: Thu Mar 31 2005 11:24:00

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.

Your e-mails: A memorialupdated: Thu Mar 31 2005 11:08:00

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.

Your e-mails: The debateupdated: Thu Mar 31 2005 10:28:00

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.

Choosing their timeupdated: Wed Mar 30 2005 12:45:00

The next contentious end-of-life issue: assisted suicide. How Oregon offers a way out.

Lessons of the Schiavo battleupdated: Wed Mar 30 2005 12:37:00

What the bitter fight tells us about politics, religion, the courts and life itself.

Schindlers' lawyer: Legal fight near endupdated: Sat Mar 26 2005 07:04:00

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.

Background on the Schiavo caseupdated: Fri Mar 25 2005 13:36:00

What caused Terri Schiavo's condition?

Judges deny Schiavo parents againupdated: Fri Mar 25 2005 03:30:00

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.

Tommy's storyupdated: Thu Mar 24 2005 17:10:00

It was spring of 1996 when 18-year-old Tommy Joannou playfully posed for a photo with his mother and brothers.

The Terri Schiavo caseupdated: Thu Mar 24 2005 11:10:00

The case of Theresa Marie Schiavo has again made headlines this week.

Cohen: Mental states are clearly definedupdated: Wed Mar 23 2005 18:23:00

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.

Florida judge rejects state custody bid in Schiavo caseupdated: Wed Mar 23 2005 16:10:00

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.

Spanish film put focus on euthanasiaupdated: Wed Mar 23 2005 06:02:00

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.

Schiavo case strikes a nerveupdated: Mon Mar 21 2005 17:50:00

From protesters, to politicians, Terri Schiavo's fate has sparked a debate across the United States.

CNNMoney: Living willsupdated: Mon Mar 21 2005 14:54:00

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.

Schiavo's feeding tube removedupdated: Fri Mar 18 2005 02:01:00

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."

Judge gives Schiavo attorneys 3 weeks to appealupdated: Fri Feb 25 2005 15:51:00

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 ponder 'mercy killing' rulesupdated: Wed Dec 01 2004 16:39:00

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.

Fortune: Starting Over When the planes slammed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, few companies were as hard-hit as updated: Mon Jan 21 2002 00:01:00

"How was it, Jimmy?"

Money Magazine: On Their Own Terms BILL AND JUDITH MOYERS' NEW SERIES MAY BE THE LAST WORD ON THE FINAL SUBJECT. THEIR GOAL? TO updated: Sun Oct 01 2000 00:01:00

We're chilled, of course, by the merest thought of death. We'd rather not talk of it; we'd prefer not to plan for it. And yet, that national culture of denial leads us into extraordinary physical, ...

Money Magazine: The Last Word Making your final health-care wishes clear--and comprehensiveupdated: Fri Sep 01 2000 00:01:00

A few weeks back I received an e-mail from Eve Sennett, one of MONEY's operations staff members, about her living will. A story in the New York Times had left her wondering whether her document wou...

Money Magazine: DO IT NOW Two ways to make your final wishes knownupdated: Fri Jul 01 1994 00:01:00

Apart from being linked in history, one thing the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Richard Nixon shared -- along with millions of Americans -- was the desire to die with dignity. News that both ...

Money Magazine: Why you should consider drawing up a living will nowupdated: Wed Aug 01 1990 00:01:00

The Supreme Court's recent first-ever decision in a right-to-die case makes the most convincing argument yet for writing a living will. That's the document stating the circumstances under which you...

Money Magazine: FIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR HEALTHY PARENTSupdated: Sun Oct 01 1989 00:01:00

Once a crisis hits, American families do rally heroically. Brothers and sisters spend all night at the kitchen table discussing how best to help their widowed, disabled or impoverished parent. But ...

Money Magazine: WHY EVERYONE SHOULD WRITE A LIVING WILLupdated: Thu Jun 01 1989 00:01:00

Life is not simple, nor is death. Four years ago, at the age of 85, Estelle Browning of Dunedin, Fla. declared, in a document called a living will, that she did not want her life artificially prolo...

Fortune: Mixed reviewsupdated: Mon Apr 25 1988 00:01:00

A few months before Theodore Levitt, 63, took over as editor of the Harvard Business Review in 1985, a disgruntled reader of 30 years wrote to cancel his subscription. The journal had become, in hi...

Money Magazine: WHEN SOMEONE CLOSE DIES Knowing what you should do, and what mistakes to avoid, can ease the pain of loss.updated: Fri Aug 01 1986 00:01:00

Just before last Christmas, Boston architect David Lee, 42, was about to turn on Monday Night Football when he received a phone call he will never forget: his mother, 67, had died suddenly of a rup...

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