Charles Cowling
When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me. First there was the cancer diary. Nigella Lawson’s husband John Diamond wrote one, you remember. Since the advent of the self-published blog countless people have died out loud. Next, boomers started writing about the slow and
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Vale Have you ever thought what it is to be a King or a Queen? You are, usually, born to it: it is your life and your duty. Our own Queen clearly feels this keenly. As far as a commoner can tell, for her, the coronation oath
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
  If you’ve got 15 minutes, this is worth watching.  All her life, Harriet Scott liked being in the driver’s seat. And so when her doctor told her she had a terminal case of liver cancer, she was determined to die on her own terms. But would the choice be
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
  From the Daily Mail, an emollient newspaper for those who like to keep their blood pressure low:  The BBC came under fire today for a new sitcom which makes light of assisted suicide. A new series starring Blake Harrison, of the Inbetweeners, tells the story of three young men
Charles Cowling
  Michael Wolff describes caring for his eldery, dementing mother in New York magazine. It’s a long piece and it will concentrate your mind. You’ll brood on it.  Warning: once you start, you won’t be able to put it down.  …what I feel most intensely when I sit by my