Evidence suggests messages the patient thought to be crystal clear often appear unclear to doctors and family.
Is a person dead when their heart stops beating? It turns out that the classic “flatline” of death is not so straightforward.
Even the most considered medical phrases require careful reflection.
Nine states and the District of Columbia currently have laws that permit assisted dying, but the laws are so restrictive that they are often more hurdle than help.
Nurses who surround the process of medically assisted dying are an important source of insight into the real conversations our society needs to have about what it’s really like.
Formally planning ahead in case of illness or injury can provide you a voice when you may no longer have one - here’s our guide
The debate over Mr. Vincent Lambert’s decision to discontinue his care overshadowed equally important judicial and ethical issues. A look back at a complex situation that will set a precedent.
Rituals, such as keeping vigil, can help people when a loved one is near the end of their life.
In the final days of life, it may be too late to choose how you want to die, who you want to be cared by, and how you’d like your symptoms managed.
The story highlights complex barriers to support after a sudden death or suicide.
Everyone dies, so why are so many people still afraid to talk about it?
New findings show what the public really thinks about how we prioritise treatments at the end of people’s lives.
David Goodall had a good life and he wanted a good death, even though he wasn’t terminally ill. An end-of-life expert explains why he should have this right.
Excruciating pain at the end of life is extremely rare. The evidence shows pain and other symptoms, such as fatigue, insomnia and breathing issues, actually improve as people move closer to death.
The Victorian assisted dying laws are based on those in Oregon, which are quite conservative. Laws in the Netherlands, Belgium and Canada are more relaxed.
Here are five articles in The Conversation’s coverage leading up to the passing of Victoria’s assisted dying bill.
Doctors often overestimate the time a patient has left to live. In the case of Victoria’s assisted dying bill, an optimistic prediction could deny the patient the peaceful death they deserve.
The NSW bill leaves significant questions unanswered, disquieting ethicists, lawyers and doctors.
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.
When a person has a serious illness, palliative care aims to improve that person’s quality of life.