"J. Gordon Melton, Christel Manning, Contributing Editor".
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Contents: Preface / J. Gordon Melton -- Introductory Essay: Euthanasia and its Moral Implications / Christel Manning -- Statements -- Index to Organizations, Statements, and Subjects.
Statements sub-divided into sections: Roman Catholic Church -- Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches -- Jewish Groups -- Other Religious Bodies.
OTCH Note: Anglican Church of Canada Dying: Considerations Concerning the Passage from Life to Death" (1980) included in sub-section "Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches".
a) the report be sent back to the Task Force or a successor group for re-writing in the light of the total discussion on the floor of Synod, with a clear emphasis on the Christian concern for the sanctity of human life; such re-written report to be published for distribution and study on the authority of the National Executive Council.
b) the Task Force be encouraged to receive submissions from all interested bodies and individuals such as other churches, The Canadian Association for the Mentally Retarded, the Address of Mr. Justice Lamer of the Canadian Law Reform Commission, etc.; and
c) in the meantime Recommendations 2 and 3 on pages 18 and 19 of the interim Report be accepted as a basis for ecumenical action from the present time.
After extensive discussion and debate the Motion was put and CARRIED ACT 70
The Recommendations referred to in paragraph (c) of the Resolution are:
A) That the Church recognize its responsibility to provide educational programmes to effect a better understanding of the needs of the dying patient, of those responsible for the patient's welfare and of the next of kin. We believe that these programmes should focus on a number of specific areas.
a) The delineation, in the continuing education of clergy, of their special role with the dying patient and with their immediate families.
b) The inclusion of similar training and experience within the academic and pastoral programmes of theological colleges.
c) To equip church people for effective ministry to the terminally ill in conjunction with the medical team and for service in volunteer Home Care programmes of hospitals.
d) The establishment of Grief Recovery groups to enable the bereaved to identify and reconcile their feeling of guilt and grief.
e) The development in the Church and in society at large of a more realistic and wholesome attitude to and acceptance of the dying process and of death itself.
B) a) That the Church urge local professional associations to initiate programmes of continuing education for doctors and nurses to develop more skillful and compassionate care of the dying and bereaved.
b) That the Church emphasize the importance of similar training in the curricula of all health care teaching institutions.
3. Patient Care
A) That the Church actively support and encourage all persons and institutions which provide effective care for the terminally ill especially the Palliative Care Units at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal and at St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, working toward the establishment of similar units in other hospitals.
B) That the Church make continuing representations to provincial governments for the provision on a growing scale of small, independent units for the care of terminal patients in which conditions allow the development of close relations between patients, their families and those who care for them.
C) That the Church urge hospitals to expand Home Care programmes in the community with the support of visiting nurses, physician home visits and ancillary services so that dying patients may have the option of remaining at home in the care of their families (see Malkin, S.: "Care of the terminally ill at home", "Canadian Medical Association Journal" 115 (July 17, 1976), p.129
D) That the Church cooperate at the local level with appropriate Medical Boards, District Health Councils, professional societies, provincial associations and other agencies to initiate feasibility studies for improving further the care of dying patients and that findings be forwarded to provincial and the federal governments.
"Copyright 1997. Second printing 1998." -- verso of t.-p.
"[By] John Patrick [and] Sheila Rutledge Harding".
Includes bibliographical references.
"This paper was submitted in December 1994 to The Special Senate Committee On Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide by Dr. John Patrick and Dr. Sheila Rutledge Harding for the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada".
Cover title: How merciful ?: euthanasia and assisted suicide.
"Copyright 2010 The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada". -- inside front cover.
"Author: The Centre for Faith and Public Life, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada". -- inside front cover.
Includes bibliographical endnotes.
Contents: Belgium: Lionel, Renata and their daughter Tikva -- Canada: Mark Pickup, Founder of HumanLifeMatters -- Clarifying the Definitions -- What's Happening in Other Countries -- Current Laws in Canada -- Protecting the Vulnerable -- God's Heart: Biblical View -- A Christian Response: Palliative Care -- Praxis: Take Action -- Converse -- Endnotes.
Colophon: Printed and bound in Canada by Turnhill Graphics.
Includes bibliographical endnotes and bibliography, p. 125-126.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Charting the Legal Trends : Euthanasia in Canada, the United States and the Netherlands / Robert Nadeau -- Invulnerable Nothings : Sue Rodriguez and the Supreme Court of Canada / Ian A. Hunter -- The Final Taboo : Rethinking Death with Dignity / Ian Gentles -- As Life Ends : Professional Care Givers on Terminal Care and Euthanasia / Elizabeth Cassidy, Barrie de Veber, Frank Henry and Ian Gentles -- Euthanasia and the Elderly: A Pilot Study / Frank Henry and Ian Gentles -- Fear and False Promises : The Challenge of Pain in the Terminally Ill / John Scott -- Notes -- Suggestions for Further Reading -- Contributors -- Index.
"St. Elmo Nanton asks, 'Is there really such a thing as assisted suicide ?' ['Letters, The definition of assisted suicide', Jan. 2014, p. 4]. The issue of determining the time of one's death is highly emotional, but some clarity results when the legal terms associated with it are used. 'Assisted suicide', where legal, is a multi-stage process. .... Melanie Delva writes about the death of her uncle, following a lethal injection by a doctor ['Letters, Compassionate death', Jan. 2014, p. 4]. She uses the term 'physician assisted suicide'. 'Euthanasia' is the appropriate term. ... This clearly would be 'murder' in any jurisdiction that had not legally sanctioned euthanasia. It is legal in Belgium".