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“We Just Happen to Live Here”: Two Social Workers Share Their Stories About Oregon's Death with Dignity Law
Journal of Social Work in End-Of-Life & Palliative Care (2005)
  • Pamela J. Miller, Portland State University
  • Susan C. Hedlund
Abstract

This article is written more like a conversation with the reader rather than a strictly academic piece. The purpose is to share from a more personal perspective the unique circumstances and challenges faced by two social workers in Oregon as they grappled with the Death with Dignity Law. The law has been in effect for six years and a May 2004 decision from the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court allowed the law to remain a legal end-of-life option. Each writer has a unique voice on the process of social work involvement in practice, research, and policy since the law was originally passed in 1994.

Keywords
  • Social workers -- United States -- Case studies,
  • Death with dignity,
  • Mental health -- Case studies
Publication Date
2005
Publisher Statement
Copyright (2005) Taylor & Francis
Citation Information
Pamela J. Miller and Susan C. Hedlund. "“We Just Happen to Live Here”: Two Social Workers Share Their Stories About Oregon's Death with Dignity Law" Journal of Social Work in End-Of-Life & Palliative Care Vol. 1 Iss. 1 (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/pamela_miller/4/