The main arguments used by those who voted against assisted dying – including that the bill has insufficient safeguards – in Victoria's upper house, deserve further scrutiny.
A palliative care doctor discusses his interactions with his patients: "I wouldn't know what I would want were I in their shoes," he says.
Our study found people held narrow, often inaccurate and outdated understandings of palliative care.
Many in the Western world lack the explicit mourning rituals that help people deal with loss. On Day of the Dead, two scholars describe ancient mourning practices.
Here are some tips if you are looking after someone who is nearing the end of their life.
Dying in America 200 years ago was a simply family affair, devoid of pomp. The US Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's embrace of embalming changed everything.
The pain of grief is part of human existence. Daoist and Confucian philosophy can help find meaning in grief.
For medieval cultures, the dying process and death itself was a 'transition,' not a rupture.
When a person has a serious illness, palliative care aims to improve that person's quality of life.
Although 'Game of Thrones' -style funeral pyres are still out of bounds, Americans are increasingly turning to cheaper, greener and more meaningful ways to dispose of their loved ones' bodies.
Public opinion, shifting views in the health profession and international trends allowing assisted dying mean it will be lawful in Australia at some point. But will it be lawful in Victoria soon?
Just because a person is dying does not mean that he or she is in a state of panic. Here's an example of how one woman, through a well-lived life, remained at peace as she faced death.
It is likely that, ironically, any legalisation of euthanasia in this country will actually hinder the care of those most in need.
At least one-third of patients receive non-beneficial treatments at the end of their life. Having a good advance care directive that you share with others helps them know and respect your wishes.
Putting the unsayable into words makes it easier to bear, for both the writers and those reading them.
It is rare to hear from people in their tenth or eleventh decade but their voices are crucial to shaping end-of-life care services.
Why thinking about death makes us more religious, conservative and prejudiced.
How best do we teach our kids that the world is not always as we'd like it to be? The 'when' can be out of parents' control, but there are parts of the 'how' that are more manageable.
The UK's palliative care is excellent - but that hasn't prevented scandals like the Liverpool Care Pathway and Mid-staffs.
Most people in western societies die in hospital or in institutional care. Keeping death out of sight and out of mind means few people have real experience of death and dying.