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If You Have Dementia, Can You Hasten Death As You Wished?

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Robert Schwimmer, 66, and his son Scott Schwimmer, 21, spoke with NPR about Robert's wish to hasten his death under certain circumstances. Here — as in the family photo above — they're in Kauai, Hawaii, on the family's "last big trip" after Robert received a 6-month prognosis in October. Courtesy Scott Schwimmer hide caption

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Family Struggles With Father's Wish To Die

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Paula and Ron Faber walk their dog Millie in 2009, between cancer diagnoses. Shelley Seccombe/Shelley Seccombe hide caption

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Terminally Ill, But Constantly Hospitalized

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From her cubicle at Vital Decisions in Cherry Hill, N.J., Kate Schleicher counsels people who are seriously ill. Emma Lee/WHYY hide caption

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Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

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How A Woman's Plan To Kill Herself Helped Her Family Grieve

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The vast majority of young physicians surveyed by Stanford researchers wouldn't want to receive CPR or cardiac life support if they were terminally ill and their heart or breathing stopped. UygarGeographic/iStockphoto hide caption

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Erick Munoz stands by a photo of his wife, Marlise Munoz, at home in Fort Worth, Texas, on Jan. 3. She is being kept on life support in a local hospital against the family's wishes. Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images hide caption

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What seemed like a burden can become a gift. iStockphoto hide caption

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Smith talks with Dawn Dillard, 57, about a medical procedure at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Dillard has uterine cancer. Annie Feidt/APRN hide caption

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A Busy ER Doctor Slows Down To Help Patients Cope With Adversity

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