Thursday, August 15, 2013
In an effort to promote dying with dignity, the Beijing Living Will Promotion Association has helped people register living wills on their website Xyzyz.com since 2006.
This group of Chinese doctors, scholars, and public servants finally received non-governmental organization status after years of seeking approval from the Beijing Health Bureau and Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs. This organization aims to spread the still foreign concept of “dying with dignity” so people can avoid the unnecessary trauma that comes with excessive resuscitation attempts.
This promotion of living wills also aims for a better allocation of medical resources after research found 80% of medical resources are used in attempts to save dying patients. The Association continues to raise awareness of this taboo subject by hosting seminars, distributing pamphlets, and publishing books like its latest Death Can Be Sentimental.
See Wu Nan, Chinese NGO Seeks Dying with Dignity by Writing a Living Will, South China Morning Post, Aug. 14, 2013.