Latest Death and dying News

With its queen gone, Britain ponders how to discuss death

Sep. 15, 2022 06:45 AM EDT

Where goes Queen Elizabeth II, there — inevitably — go each of us and all those we love. Because she reigned and lived for so long, seemingly immutable and immortal, the death of the British monarch after 70 years on the throne and 96 years of extraordinary life was a reminder,...

France to open debate on legalizing assisted suicide

Sep. 13, 2022 11:58 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced a national debate on end-of-life options that will include exploring the possibility of legalizing assisted suicide. A 2016 French law provides that doctors can keep terminally ill patients sedated before death but...

Indiana officer who was shot in head is moved to hospice

Sep. 04, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana police officer who was shot in the head during a traffic stop has been moved to hospice care after being taken off life support at a hospital, her department said. Richmond police Officer Seara Burton, 28, was transferred to a hospice...

Woman sues over residency requirement for assisted suicide

Aug. 25, 2022 19:58 PM EDT

A Connecticut woman with cancer sued Vermont on Thursday for allowing only its own residents to take advantage of a state law that lets people who are terminally ill end their own lives. Lynda Bluestein, 75, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, who has terminal fallopian tube cancer, and Dr....

Victims irked as Spain lets gunman die before trial

Aug. 24, 2022 08:34 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s assisted suicide law is in the spotlight after doctors allowed the death of a former security guard who faced trial for having stormed his former workplace a year ago, shooting and wounding three people and later a police officer. Eugen Sabau, known in...

Book on grief reminds readers they’re not alone

Aug. 20, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

WOODSTOCK, Va. (AP) — Woodstock author Jason Wright’s new book is unlike any other that he’s written. The idea for the book, “Until You Find Strength: A message of comfort for when your grief feels too heavy,” came from a Facebook post he had made on the topic of grief. ...

Len Dawson, MVP of Chiefs' first Super Bowl win, in hospice

Aug. 12, 2022 22:18 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Len Dawson, the 87-year-old Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl title, has entered hospice care in Kansas City. KMBC-TV, the Kansas City station where Dawson began his broadcasting career in 1966, confirmed...

'Disturbing': Experts troubled by Canada’s euthanasia laws

Aug. 11, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Alan Nichols had a history of depression and other medical issues, but none were life-threatening. When the 61-year-old Canadian was hospitalized in June 2019 over fears he might be suicidal, he asked his brother to “bust him out” as soon as possible. Within a...

Disabled therapy dog inspiring people at Alabama hospice

Aug. 07, 2022 01:14 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Despite his physical disability, Turbo, a pet therapy dog for a hospice facility in north Alabama, is inspiring people and showing them they can overcome any problem they may face just like he has. Turbo, a 50-pound, 1-year-old chocolate lab, was born with a...

UK court bars parents from moving comatose boy to hospice

Aug. 05, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Friday rejected a request from the parents of a comatose boy to let them move their son to a hospice when hospital doctors withdraw his life-support treatment. The parents of Archie Battersbee vowed to fight on. The 12-year-old has been in a coma...