Charles Cowling
  In the good old days, death happened before we were ready for it. It struck untimely. Now, it creeps up, perhaps getting to us long after we have timed out. Which raises the question: when is a timely death? Journalist Matthew Parris is not alone in contemplating old age with trepidation.
Charles Cowling
Time and Death, wax relief, Italy, probably before 1727 [Source]   The Falconer Bill on assisted dying is making its way through the Lords before going on to the Commons, and the familiar debate rages once more. The usual suspects oppose it. They include senior doctors and lawyers and, you
Charles Cowling
  An average 68 per cent of Canadians favour the legalisation of assisted suicide, but the Court of Appeal in British Columbia has just rejected it. Read more here.  The arguments for and against assisted dying, assisted suicide, dying with dignity, call it want you will, will be with us
Charles Cowling
  Phonobarbital — what they do you in with   It’s not the worthy efforts of the members of the Dying Matters coalition that have raised awareness of the need to talk about death and dying. What’s actually got more and more of us talking is our personal experiences of
Charles Cowling
Where you die when you go to Dignitas   Sarah Wootton, chief exec of Dignity in Dying, wrote in Friday’s Times about the case of Paul Lamb, who wants to be allowed to die:   Dignity in Dying is not fighting for an unfettered right to die, but for the right
Charles Cowling
  ONE weekend last year, we asked our vet how we would know when it was time to put down Byron, our elderly dog. Byron was 14, half blind, partly deaf, with dementia, arthritis and an enlarged prostate. He often walked into walls, stood staring vacantly with his tail down,
Charles Cowling
  In the summer edition of the Oldie magazine (strapline: ‘Everybody buys it eventually’), Mavis Nicholson discusses the case for the ‘right to die’. She says: I had a conversation with an even more elderly chap than me, a GP all his working life, who was in very bad shape.
Charles Cowling
  A theme that we like to explore on this blog is the way in which longevity has reconfigured the landscape of dying. The blessing of long life has its downside: protracted decline. We are likely to linger longer, much longer, than our forebears. There’s a physical cost in chronic
Charles Cowling
Charles Cowling
Spool on to 8 mins 50 secs to hear the testimony of a young man dying of bone cancer. Remarkable.