Dying with Dignity – by Jacques Rousseau

Yesterday, a strange collection of people received an unusual email. It was a suicide note from a man we knew to varying degrees, sent to people with whom he’d formed a connection over the years, whether via secular humanist activism…

Euthanasia prof ready for global battle

 Euthanasia prof ready for global battle For Times LIVE by Aron Hyman | 06 May, 2016 09:56 NOMINATED: Prof Sean Davison could lead a global pro-euthanasia organisation Image by: SUPPLIED A Cape Town academic who helped his mother to die has…

Right to die with dignity defies no law, religion or doctor’s oath

In recent years South Africans have been directly confronted by the complex issues surrounding the uncomfortable subject of dying. In December 2013 the public witnessed the undignified and unnatural death of Nelson Mandela, five months after doctors declared him to…

A Moment to Reflect: Professor Sean Davison

Although desperate to die he was literally clinging on to life for the sake of a positive ruling and the consequences this would have on a law change, and for others who may find themselves in his position. This was an extraordinary act of courage, and an extraordinary gift to our humanity.

May I be frank about Assisted Dying?

I was contacted by one of our supporters last week who voiced concern regarding a post in which I mentioned that people were contacting us for more information about the “Mexican drug” Avron used to hasten his death. Her concerns…

Statement by Professor Landman re Dr Venter of Doctors for Life’s comments on SABC3’s Fokus programme

Ek het my al lank voorgeneem om nooit weer op radio of televisie met hulle te verskyn nie, TENSY ek die versekering kry dat ek die geleentheid sal kry om op onwaarhede en onredelikhede wat hulle kwytraak, te antwoord. Hulle…

Joel Joffe – Commission on Assisted Dying – 2011 MEMORANDUM

Commission on Assisted Dying – Supplementary Evidence by Joel Joffe rebutting concerns of opponents of Assisted Dying Joel Joffe: When I gave evidence to the Commission on 20 April 2011, I ran out of time to respond to concerns about…

Euthanasia: The right to choose your own death?

Albert Buhr looks at the movement to bring the new and contentious Assisted Dying Bill before parliament. In our culture, the process of dying is usually sanitised and hidden from view. However, having appointed the South African Law Commission to…

Must life be preserved at all costs because it is sacred?

The following was recently contributed by one of our supporters who chooses to remain anonymous: There is no justification for a claim that Christianity must oppose the assisted death of a person who has made their own decision to die,…

Sean Davison: Painful dilemmas could be avoided with laws in place

Madiba’s illness has to get us talking about issues of death Nelson Mandela may not be aware of it but he has got us talking about death; something we have never had the courage to do before, though it is…

Let’s talk about Dying: A checklist for checking out

Joe’s dying taught me that bank accounts get closed on death and that access to money is not that simple or speedy. When my husband Joe Slovo died, my eldest daughter had just turned 15 and her younger sister was…

Let’s talk about Dying: Talking coffins over coffee

Checklists for checking out – the practical stuff: it’s easy to draw up such a list and not that difficult to execute. Why have so many of us not done this? It would seem that our level of discomfort for…

Let’s talk about Dying: Dying to let go of life with dignity

For our ancestors, dying often happened suddenly. On the time scale of human history, antibiotics are a recent arrival. One morning, the first US president, George Washington, had a sore throat; the next evening, he died. Madiba’s situation is different.…

Let’s talk about Dying: Fractures around funerals

As Madiba’s health fails him, his family’s skirmishing may be unseemly, but it’s not unusual. Qunu or Mvezo? Most of us try for privacy and no washing of dirty linen in public. As a nation, we’d prefer our beloved icon’s…

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