As 104-year-old academic David Goodall prepares to end his life through voluntary euthanasia in Switzerland, he has told a press conference he hopes his story encourages Australians to take a more liberal view on assisted dying.
This week, Dr Goodall travelled to Switzerland where an end of life clinic has approved his application to exercise the so-called “Swiss option”. Speaking at a press conference in the Swiss city of Basel on Wednesday, Dr Goodall was surprised by the crowd of international media packed into the room. “I’m rather surprised at the wide interest in my case. I am very appreciative of the hospitality of the Swiss Federation and the [ability] to come to an end gracefully,” he said.
We think about a lot of things through the day. So many ideas and thoughts enter our minds, cross our paths, come before us and we ponder them, mull over them and make various decisions.
Some thoughts and ideas we don’t really notice. Why? Because we aren’t always mindful of them. Do you remember the drive to work? The drive home? What did you have for lunch last Saturday? Which side of the mouth do you start brushing your teeth? When was the last time you ate a steak out at restaurant?
Mindfulness is now a topic that takes up much real estate on the internet. There are websites, apps, podcasts, books, courses, classes, institutes, facilities etc all about being more mindful.
the Minimalists – Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus on their website state “Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.
source – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-06/too-many-australians-living-in-nursing-homes-take-their-own-live/9517084
About 140 Australian nursing-home residents took their own lives between 2000 and 2013, a new study shows. Published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, the study is the first to examine the number and patterns of suicide in Australia’s nursing homes, and the largest such investigation in the world.
We found nearly 70 per cent of those who took their own life were male, 66 per cent had a diagnosis of depression and nearly 80 per cent were experiencing one or more major life stresses, such as health deterioration.