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Luxembourg about wishes and decisions at the end of life…. and before

Wednesday 13 November 2019

On 13 November, a conference was held in Luxembourg, which was organised by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Family, Integration and the Big Region and entitled “Ma volonté en fin de vie… et avant” (my wishes at the end of life…. And before). There were two key speeches. The first was about palliative care and euthanasia in which Dr Dominique Lossignol explored various related concepts such as compassion, suffering and the need to avoid making assumptions about people with dementia (i.e. what they may or may not wish, about quality of life, about capacity to decide and about awareness). In the second speech, Dr Philippe Lebercq looked at three laws in Luxembourg of relevance to the end of life. There were lively debates after each of the speeches. Dianne Gove attended this conference.