God is in the Manger

The Advent Spirit

When someone dies during the Christmas holidays it can feel like a cruel joke. Unlike a blithe Christmas spirit, an Advent spirit does not avoid death and sadness. It embraces death head on.

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Doctor who championed ‘death with dignity’ dies at 83

PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) Peter Goodwin, the first doctor in Oregon to campaign publicly for the terminally ill to obtain medical help in ending their lives, died Sunday shortly after exercising the right he fought to secure. He was 83. By Anne Saker.