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Dying Badly – New Zealand Stories

Dying Badly – New Zealand Stories, compiled by retired intensive care specialist Dr Jack Havill and writer David Barber, contains relatives’ stories of bad deaths suffered by their loved ones, as submitted to the New Zealand Parliament’s inquiry into the issue of assisted dying for...

Amanda’s father took his life in a violent and desperate way

[caption id="attachment_10799" align="alignright" width="150"] Robin and Barbara Collins on their wedding day, 50 years before Robin's death.[/caption] On 27 February, 2014, Amanda Collins' father shot himself in the backyard of the family home, whilst her mother was in the kitchen. Robin Collins' body lay on a patch...

Dr McPhee: Having choice enables me to embrace my life now

Diagnosed at 59 with stage four Sezary syndrome, a rare form of cancer, Dr McPhee underwent several rounds of treatment, including a bone marrow transplant, and at one point suffered multiple organ failure. Half of all patients die within five years of diagnosis of Sezary...

Her husband asked her to “end it”

As a nurse of 23 years and paramedic of 19 years, Jenny Moncur said she encounters about half a dozen cases each year where people with a terminal illness take their own lives. "Often it is lonely, painful, done violently and sometimes not very successfully,...

Bishop says Christianity should not be used to oppose assisted dying

A Victorian Anglican bishop, Bishop Andrew Curnow, has delivered a startling rebuke to those demanding he oppose marriage equality and assisted dying. Bendigo Bishop Curnow argued Australia was no longer a Christian nation and using Christianity as grounds to oppose equal marriage and voluntary assisted...

For me assisted dying isn’t about dying, it’s about living

"I have a rare and incurable form of cancer called sarcoma and I know I may not have long left. I'm 57 and live in Twickenham, London. I'm a chemistry lecturer and scientist by trade and, until recently, I had the job of my dreams. I...

Family release heartbreaking photos of mother begging to die

Flora Lormier died at home on 12 December 2016, aged 68. “We were all around her when she passed but it wasn’t peaceful.” Her daughter, Tracey Taylor, said the end came much too late - “My mum used to love her life. She’d get in...