FINAL DAYS WEB SITES
One of the most active Web sites for discussion of end-of-life
care, Beliefnet offers users a regularly updated assortment of articles,
columns, and essays on end-of-life issues, plus message boards and
a Q & A section.
Compassion in Dying Federation
Compassion in Dying Federation provides national leadership for client service, legal advocacy and public education to improve pain and symptom management, increase patient empowerment and self-determination and expand end-of-life choices to include aid-in-dying for mentally competent, terminally ill adults.
Death With Dignity
Death With Dignity is a national organization that advocates voluntary
euthanasia. The Web site contains information about euthanasia, legislation,
and how to get involved with the organization.
Detroit Free Press Special Section
An extensive special report on Dr. Jack Kevorkian, including profiles
of the patients he "assisted" and numerous articles from the beginning
of his crusade.
Web site designed to assist people considering a wide range of end-of-life
questions such as estate planning, digital wills and end-of-life
care. There are also chat rooms, message boards and a member newsletter.
Funeral Consumers Alliance
This Web site provides information on laws surrounding funerals,
funeral planning, and how to avoid excessive charges when financing
Guide to Sociological Thanatology
Professor Michael C. Kearl of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology
at Trinity University in Texas runs this extensive Web site about the
sociology of death and dying ("thanatology"). It contains information
and links for a large array of topics related to sociology, and
provides a fascinating academic account of changing attitudes towards
death through the ages and in different cultures.
HealthWeb: Mortuary Science
This is an extremely easy-to-navigate Web site based at the University
of Minnesota Biomedical Library. It is filled with articles and
facts about funeral preparations, what happens as someone dies,
and other related information.
The Hemlock right-to-die Web site highlights alternative death choices
and is designed for those who choose an expedient way to end their
lives with dignity, including with the assistance of a physician.
The Web site also contains information on advance directives, pain management
and hospice care.
National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA): Consumer Resources
The NFDA sells many books, pamphlets, and videos about grief and
funeral arranging. The Web site also provides consumer information about
cost of funerals and funeral options.
New York State Department of Health: A Consumer's Guide to Arranging
This document contains definitions, regulations, frequently asked
questions, and other information on funerals. Some of the content
is New York State-specific, but most of the suggestions make sense
U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Physician Assisted Suicide Cases
This Web site, based at the University of Buffalo Center for Clinical
Ethics and Humanities in Health Care contains a comprehensive collection
of Supreme Court briefs from PAS cases as well as amicus curiae
(friend of the court) briefs, newspaper, and journal articles.