Causes of death among an urban homeless population considered by the medical examiner.

Those who are homeless face illness and death, however, live in places not conducive to provision of end-of-life care. Limited information exists on causes of death among this group of people. To characterize causes of death, data were requested from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for Alberta Justice, Canada, for people determined to […]


These letters to the editor discuss various aspects of the euthanasia debate in the United Kingdom. Saunders reviews the work of St. Joseph’s Hospice. Murphy & Mal both argue against physicians participating in euthansia.

Euthanasia: a Buddhist Perspective


Doctor, I Want to die. Will you Help me?

End of Life Issues in Older Patients

This article focuses on palliative care & symptom management in the elderly patient with cancer, advance directives & treatment preferences, where & how elderly patients are cared for, & suicide. (66 refs)

Questions and Answers About Jewish Tradition and the Issues of Assisted Death

This document is intended to be used both as a teaching tool for & an aid to dialogue & discussion about physician-assisted suicide (PAS) & voluntary active euthanasia (VAE) in the context of Judaism. It presents an overview of how Jewish tradition & contemporary Jewish thought look at the issues of PAS & VAE. The […]

Canadian Perspectives on Death and Dying (IN: Death and Bereavement Around the World, vol.2: The Americas, ed. by J D Morgan and P Laungani)

Experiences of Oregon Nurses and Social Workers With Hospice Patients who Requested Assistance With Suicide

For commentary on this article, please see SIEC #2005-0581

A Hospice Perspective (IN: The Case Against Assisted Suicide, ed. by K Foley & H Hendin)

The author examines the nature & state of hospice care & its efficacy in the treatment of terminally ill patients. The history of the ‘hospice movement’ over the last century is reviewed. The potential for hospice care to relieve most of the suffering associated with end-of-life care is emphasized, as opposed to turning to assisted […]

Assisted Suicide

This article explores the question: May Jews assist others in commiting suicide or request that others assist them in their own suicides? The medical & legal contexts for this question are discussed, & Jewish theological & legal grounds for opposing suicide & assisted suicide are presented. Additional arguments for retaining the traditional prohibition are presented, […]

Hospice Nurses: Patients who Refuse Food and Water die Peacefully

For the original study by L Ganzini et al, please see SIEC #2004-0050

A Perspective on the Current State of Death Education

The author offers some views on the current state of death education with focus on the sparing attention given the death education of health professionals & grief counselors. The need for improved integration of knowledge accumulated in the study of death, dying, & bereavement into the basic curricula of the parent disciplines & professional schools […]

Social Work Theory and Practice With the Terminally ill (HV3000 P37 2001)

This book looks at the ways that social workers can help dying people & their families. The author explores the multifaceted nature of the dying process & its impact on the patient, the family, & the health care professionals working with patients at the end of life. She also offers observations on the stages of […]

Responding to Requests for Physician-Assisted Suicide: “These are Uncharted Waters for Both of us…”

For various responses to this article, please see SIEC #2003-0242, #2004-0859, & #2005-0583

Nurses’ Experiences With Hospice Patients who Refuse Food and Fluids to Hasten Death

For a related article, please see SIEC #2004-1056

Death by Voluntary Dehydration – What the Caregivers say

For the original article by L Ganzini, please see SIEC #2004-1055

Hospice-Assisted Suicide

The author of this article argues in favor of assisted suicide being legalized & made available to hospice patients who might want it. Based on quality of life arguments, she argues in favor of patient choice regarding issues of life and death. She concludes by arguing that the option of assisted suicide should at least […]

Family Focused Grief Therapy: the Role of the Family in Preventive and Therapeutic Bereavement Care

The author presents a family-centred model of hospice care that in a palliative setting, can optimise not only the practical support for the dying person but also the bereavement outcome, by encouraging family members to interact as a supportive group. Family focused grief therapy is founded on the proven relationship between family functioning & the […]

The Pendulum’s Swing

This article discusses the impact of advances in modern medicine on society’s attitude toward death. Physician-assisted suicide is analyzed according to its perceived attitude toward dying. The hospice movement , espousing healing & caring of terminally ill patients, is examined as a response to physician-assisted suicide in Britain & the United States. (SC)

Honouring Ourselves: a Cultural Exploration in Grieving. A Five-day Workshop Prepared for Hospice Yukon


In Search of a Good Death

These letters to the editor address various issues associated with the care of the dying. Issues such as candid communication about death, palliative care, & ideas regarding a good death are discussed. (SC)

Thoughts of Hastening Death Among Hospice Patients

Prompted by anecdotal reports from hospice nurses of repeated conversations with patients and families about hastening death, the authors conducted a survey to determine the frequency with which hospice patients or their families raised any topic related to hastening death with their hospice nurse. Six possible types of topics were listed in the surveys, three […]

A Dying Patient: Shared Intimacies and Some Questions About Physician-Assisted Suicide

Relates a physician’s personal experience with assisted suicide while exploring the issues that surround this topic.