The June film selection of the Hemlock Society of San Diego will be Notes For My Son. Thi is a movie from Argentina based on a true story.
Maria, played by Valerie Bertolucci, is a mother battling terminal cancer who writes a one-of-a-kind notebook for her young son about life, death, and love.
As her illness becomes unbearable, Maria decides to end her life by terminal sedation.
But carrying out her wish becomes painfully complicated by legal bureaucracy and the hospital’s concerns about negative publicity.
Throughout the story, Maria progresses through her own stages of grief and acceptance over the end of her life while maintaining her dignity, humor, and care for others.
Available now on Netflix in English or Spanish. Even if you have not watched the film, you are welcom to participate in this program.
In the night of May 26 to 27, the South Australian VAD bill passed its first Lower House hurdle with an overwhelming majority.
A final vote on the matter will take place on June 9. If it succeeds, South Australia will become the fourth Australian state where “voluntary assisted dying” will be legal, after Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania.
Learn from Dr. Melissa Melnitzer about the do’s and don’ts of being there for someone who is grieving. DWDC volunteer, Jenny Hasselman, will share her personal experience with grief following the death of her mom in 2018. Read more
Time: 2-3:30pm Pacific | 5-6:30pm Eastern | 9-10:30pm UTC (Use The Time Zone Converter to check your time.) What: A Town Hall Discussion about assisted dying between Canadian aid-in-dying legal scholar Jocelyn Downie, SJD, and British Columbia aid-in-dying clinical provider, Dr. Stefanie Green, MD.
Canada recently approved an Act to amend the Criminal Code and expand the provisions for assistance in dying with Bill C-7, determining that it is “appropriate to no longer limit eligibility for medical assistance in dying to persons whose natural death is reasonably foreseeable and to provide additional safeguards for those persons whose natural death is not reasonably foreseeable.”
Professor Downie has worked extensively to further aid-in-dying legislation in Canada, one notable example of which is Carter v. Canada, which established a fundamental right to assisted dying. Dr. Green has worked since 2016 as a provider of MAiD, and is the President of the Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers (CAMAP).
Together, Professor Downie and Dr. Green will discuss the details of the new law, how it plays out in practice, the unique features of the Canadian system (for good or ill), the relationship between palliative care and MAiD in Canada, how conscience is handled, and what the law indicates for the future. Completed Life Program Director Sarah Kiskadden-Bechtel will moderate the discussion, which will include a live Q&A.
We will be joined by two Indigenous Elders who will speak on various Indigenous traditions and beliefs related to death, dying and grief, as well as how dying people and those who are grieving are supported. Read more
Is the grief experienced following a MAID death different than what is experienced when a death is unexpected? What are the common myths and misconceptions about grief and MAID? We will explore this and more during this webinar. Read more