Race, education, gender may influence some divergent views about death

Last Words, a three-part Globe Spotlight Team series, exposes the inequities that follow people in Massachusetts to their very last breaths. It is a deep examination into the uncomfortable topic of death, and confronts the state’s failure to protect its most vulnerable in the early days of a historic pandemic. Read the Globe Spotlight report.



a person sitting at a table in front of a mirror: Danvers resident John Barbieri looks over a collage of photos of his late wife, Ann "Peachie" Barbieri. They were married for more than 60 years.


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Danvers resident John Barbieri looks over a collage of photos of his late wife, Ann “Peachie” Barbieri. They were married for more than 60 years.

A Boston Globe-Suffolk University poll late last year shows that, for the most part, Massachusetts residents share widespread agreement on issues related to the difficult subject of death.

They say society would be better off if end-of-life issues were discussed more openly and believe terminally ill patients should have more options to choose when and how to die. A sizable majority say they

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Rishi Sunak unveils new emergency jobs scheme as hospital death toll rises by 33



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Rishi Sunak has unveiled his plans to protect millions of jobs in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.

The Chancellor reveals details of a new job support scheme, which will see the Government “directly support” the wages of people in viable jobs working at least a third of their normal hours.

He also announced a “pay as you grow” scheme to allow firms to repay bounce back loans over a period of up to 10 years and said he would keep VAT at 5 per cent for hospitality and tourism until March 31 2021.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock encouraged Brits to download the new Covid-19 app as he stressed it will give people “added protection for you and your loved ones”. It came as the Covid-19 death toll in UK hospitals rose by 33 .

“Chancellor reveals jobs support scheme amid new Covid restrictions”

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Colorectal Cancer Alliance Calls for Awareness, Education Following Chadwick Boseman’s Death

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance released a statement Saturday following the death of Chadwick Boseman, saying awareness and education surrounding the disease is “hampered by an intense stigma.”



a close up of Chadwick Boseman smiling for the camera: US actor Chadwick Boseman poses in the press room during the 2019 American Music Awards at the Microsoft theatre on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles. The Colorectal Cancer Alliance released a statement August 29, one day after Boseman's death, calling for more awareness and education surrounding the disease that is “hampered by an intense stigma.”


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US actor Chadwick Boseman poses in the press room during the 2019 American Music Awards at the Microsoft theatre on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles. The Colorectal Cancer Alliance released a statement August 29, one day after Boseman’s death, calling for more awareness and education surrounding the disease that is “hampered by an intense stigma.”

Colorectal cancer is a cancer occurring in the colon or rectum. It is sometimes referred to as colon cancer for short, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The cancer occurs when abnormal growths form in the colon or rectum and become cancerous.

Boseman, 43, died following a four-year battle with colorectal cancer, which progressed from stage III to stage IV,

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