Death with Dignity National Center

Death with Dignity National Center We provide information, education, and support about Death with Dignity as an end-of-life option.
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On March 15th Krista announced her final day to friends on Facebook; "I’ve chosen March 27 as the day I will leave this ...
05/04/2021
Deciding when to die | Bainbridge Island Review

On March 15th Krista announced her final day to friends on Facebook; "I’ve chosen March 27 as the day I will leave this earth. I will drink something, fall asleep, and wake up in Heaven.”

Her friends offered prayers and sent flowers for her to enjoy in her final days. She was surrounded by the love of her family and pastor while soothing harp music played in the background.

http://ow.ly/rXd650EEe2i

BI woman with cancer chooses Death with Dignity

If you want a medical aid-in-dying option at the end of your life, your voice must be heard by family, friends, your hea...
05/04/2021
When My Time Comes | When My Time Comes Promo

If you want a medical aid-in-dying option at the end of your life, your voice must be heard by family, friends, your healthcare team and state legislators now.

When My Time Comes : Streaming for free until May 5, 2021.
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NPR’s Diane Rehm explores the right-to-die movement in America.

If you want a medical aid-in-dying option at the end of your life, your voice must be heard by family, friends, your hea...
05/04/2021
When My Time Comes | When My Time Comes Promo

If you want a medical aid-in-dying option at the end of your life, your voice must be heard by family, friends, your healthcare team and state legislators now.

When My Time Comes : Streaming for free until May 5, 2021.
http://ow.ly/Z3RU50EDzeD

NPR’s Diane Rehm explores the right-to-die movement in America.

Do you agree with David? Join the movement at DeathwithDignityNY.orgPelham, N.Y.: “Doctors block death with dignity” (op...
05/03/2021

Do you agree with David? Join the movement at DeathwithDignityNY.org

Pelham, N.Y.: “Doctors block death with dignity” (op-ed, April 27) is informative and shows that doctors support the right of adult dying patients to end their suffering by taking prescribed medications. As importantly, the public supports medical aid in dying by a wide margin. Nationally, 74% of Americans support this option, to add to the already available hastening deaths options of never starting or stopping life-sustaining treatments, voluntarily stopping eating and drinking and palliative sedation. Medical aid in dying has been proven to be a safe, ethical medical practice that benefits patients and causes no harm. In the states where it is authorized, including Vermont and New Jersey, the laws have worked as intended without any problems emerging that were expected by opponents. The Medical Aid in Dying Act should be passed now to prevent the needless suffering of more New Yorkers.

David C. Leven, executive director emeritus and senior consultant, End of Life Choices New York

Do you agree with David? Join the movement at DeathwithDignityNY.org

Pelham, N.Y.: “Doctors block death with dignity” (op-ed, April 27) is informative and shows that doctors support the right of adult dying patients to end their suffering by taking prescribed medications. As importantly, the public supports medical aid in dying by a wide margin. Nationally, 74% of Americans support this option, to add to the already available hastening deaths options of never starting or stopping life-sustaining treatments, voluntarily stopping eating and drinking and palliative sedation. Medical aid in dying has been proven to be a safe, ethical medical practice that benefits patients and causes no harm. In the states where it is authorized, including Vermont and New Jersey, the laws have worked as intended without any problems emerging that were expected by opponents. The Medical Aid in Dying Act should be passed now to prevent the needless suffering of more New Yorkers.

David C. Leven, executive director emeritus and senior consultant, End of Life Choices New York

No terminally ill patient should have to beg to die on their own terms. #freedomDignity in Dying
04/30/2021

No terminally ill patient should have to beg to die on their own terms. #freedom

Dignity in Dying

No terminally ill patient should have to beg to die on their own terms. #freedom

Dignity in Dying

What's on your reading list? The Conversation Project
04/30/2021

What's on your reading list?

The Conversation Project

What's on your reading list?

The Conversation Project

"I am a board-certified Hospice and Palliative Care physician working in a New York State hospice for two decades..Wides...
04/28/2021

"I am a board-certified Hospice and Palliative Care physician working in a New York State hospice for two decades..Widespread use of hospice services does not negate the need for medical aid in dying. Both should be available to every American and I continue to support such legislation in New York State." - Judith Setla, MD, MPH, Syracuse NY

https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/hospice-and-medical-aid-in-dying-should-be-available-to-all-americans/

"I am a board-certified Hospice and Palliative Care physician working in a New York State hospice for two decades..Widespread use of hospice services does not negate the need for medical aid in dying. Both should be available to every American and I continue to support such legislation in New York State." - Judith Setla, MD, MPH, Syracuse NY

https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/hospice-and-medical-aid-in-dying-should-be-available-to-all-americans/

Nearly three out of four (73%) Nevada voters support medical aid-in-dying legislation, across the ethnic, political and ...
04/28/2021
Terminally ill Nevadans need end-of-life care options now | Dolores Huerta

Nearly three out of four (73%) Nevada voters support medical aid-in-dying legislation, across the ethnic, political and religious spectrum. Support for this legislation is diverse:

73% of Hispanics/Latinos,
76% of African Americans
67% of Catholics like myself
67% of nondenominational Christians and 74% of other religions favor a medical aid-in-dying measure, revealed by the poll conducted by Public Policy Polling.

https://www.rgj.com/story/opinion/voices/2021/04/27/terminally-ill-nevadans-need-end-life-care-options-now-dolores-huerta/4860224001/

Terminally ill Nevadans do not have time to wait for another legislative session. They need the Legislature to pass this compassionate legislation.

It's not often that legislators are thanked in an obituary. In Vermont, they listened to patients and honored their auto...
04/25/2021
Obituary: Karen Oelschlaeger, 1984-2021

It's not often that legislators are thanked in an obituary. In Vermont, they listened to patients and honored their autonomy.

"Karen Oelschlaeger died on April 19, 2021, in her home in Montpelier, Vt. She was diagnosed with stomach cancer on May 30, 2018, two days before her 34th birthday...Karen died grateful for Vermont’s Death With Dignity law. If any of the legislators or lobbyists who worked to pass that law are reading this obituary, she’d like to thank them from the bottom of her no-longer-beating heart."

Does your representative support your right to make your own end-of-life decisions?

Woman who died of cancer was grateful for Vermont's Death With Dignity law

Mary Ganapol, an #Arizona End of Life Options volunteer, recently celebrated National Healthcare Decisions Day by advoca...
04/22/2021

Mary Ganapol, an #Arizona End of Life Options volunteer, recently celebrated National Healthcare Decisions Day by advocating for the terminally ill in her state.

Read Mary's Letter to the Editor:
http://ow.ly/4cMV50ErYna

Visit Arizona End-of-Life Options:
http://ow.ly/wuRW50ErYnb

Mary Ganapol, an #Arizona End of Life Options volunteer, recently celebrated National Healthcare Decisions Day by advocating for the terminally ill in her state.

Read Mary's Letter to the Editor:
http://ow.ly/4cMV50ErYna

Visit Arizona End-of-Life Options:
http://ow.ly/wuRW50ErYnb

UNACCEPTABLE!! The Judiciary Committee in CT 'tabled' their aid-in-dying bill yesterday, ending the campaign in the stat...
04/21/2021
Connecticut lawmakers on aid in dying: two decades of delay, deferral, obstruction

UNACCEPTABLE!! The Judiciary Committee in CT 'tabled' their aid-in-dying bill yesterday, ending the campaign in the state for the 2021 legislative session.

We need YOU to take ACTION today in three active campaign states.

WRITE to your legislator TODAY:

NEVADA
http://ow.ly/JEcA50Eu0ja
MASSACHUSETTS
http://ow.ly/ejhx50Eu033

JOIN the New York Campaign:
https://www.deathwithdignityny.org/

Very soon, members of the Connecticut House and Senate will be voting on HB6425, - the Medical Aid in Dying bill. More than 20 years ago, Oregon implemented its Death with Dignity Act. Since then, Washington, Vermont, California, Montana, Colorado, Maine, Washington DC, Hawaii and most recently New....

“Live free or die.” I strongly support the first two words of our historic state motto, and at the end of this piece, I ...
04/20/2021

“Live free or die.” I strongly support the first two words of our historic state motto, and at the end of this piece, I invite your attention to the last two words. In the meantime, I will share my thoughts on the lack of freedom that ailing, suffering, New Hampshire residents have with regard to physician-assisted dying."

READ the rest of Pete's Story:
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“Live free or die.” I strongly support the first two words of our historic state motto, and at the end of this piece, I invite your attention to the last two words. In the meantime, I will share my thoughts on the lack of freedom that ailing, suffering, New Hampshire residents have with regard to physician-assisted dying."

READ the rest of Pete's Story:
http://ow.ly/DMDA50E7cBy

Brittany changed the face of a movement and her legacy continues. We stand with Connecticut.
04/20/2021

Brittany changed the face of a movement and her legacy continues. We stand with Connecticut.

Today, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the State of Connecticut will consider HB6425 in the Judiciary Committee. This vital legislation in supported by 75% of the State’s population. But more important than that, the people of Connecticut deserve better than what Brittany had to navigate. No one should ever have to leave their home after being told you have six months to live. To the elected officials on the Judiciary Committee, please support this legislation so it can move to a floor vote and All representatives can convey the voices of their constituents. Dan Diaz (Brittany Maynard's Husband)

Support the right of terminally ill adults in #NewYork to make their own #endoflife decisions. #NY #aidindying #assisted...
04/19/2021
Support the Medical Aid in Dying Act. | Death with Dignity New York

Support the right of terminally ill adults in #NewYork to make their own #endoflife decisions.

#NY #aidindying #assisteddying #autonomy #healthcare #compassion #deathwithdignity #peace

Tell the New York Legislature: Patients with terminal illness shouldn’t have to suffer. Pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act.

When someone you love is dying being present for them makes all the difference. Every patient deserves the right to guid...
04/19/2021

When someone you love is dying being present for them makes all the difference. Every patient deserves the right to guide their own end-of-life journey and that includes deciding how they wish to leave the world.

#listen #love #acceptance #journey #hospice #aidindying

When someone you love is dying being present for them makes all the difference. Every patient deserves the right to guide their own end-of-life journey and that includes deciding how they wish to leave the world.

#listen #love #acceptance #journey #hospice #aidindying

Our partners in Ohio recognizes the passage of New Mexico's aid-in-dying law with a call to action for the Ohio General ...
04/19/2021

Our partners in Ohio recognizes the passage of New Mexico's aid-in-dying law with a call to action for the Ohio General Assembly.

Join the movement at OhioOptions.org

Recently, New Mexico became the 11th jurisdiction to pass a Medical Aid-in-Dying law. Vikki Miller, Chairperson of our Cincinnatti Chapter, and an Ohio End of Life Options Board Member wrote a Letter to the Editor:

I made my mother, Betty Richardson, a promise as she died two years ago: to pass a law allowing mentally competent, terminally ill Ohioans to access Medical Aid-in-Dying. Since then, New Mexico, Maine and New Jersey have passed such laws. One in five Americans now has this option that allows self-determination and comfort at the end of life. Because of COVID-19, people are more aware of the need for advance directives. But Ohioans also should have an End of Life Options law. Please contact your legislators. Request they introduce legislation or reintroduce SB 249 from General Assembly 132.

Email your Representatives: https://bit.ly/2QyGzSK

ORLANDO SENTINALLet the Dying DecideTony Ray, Melbourne BeachI used to think there were only 10 places better to live in...
04/18/2021
Volunteer for Death with Dignity in Florida - Death With Dignity

ORLANDO SENTINAL

Let the Dying Decide
Tony Ray, Melbourne Beach

I used to think there were only 10 places better to live in than Florida, but I’ve added another one to the list. Do these states have miles of sun-drenched beaches? One or two may. Do they have a Disney theme park? One does.

The difference between these states and Florida is not geography, sunshine or recreational activities. The difference is more important and significant than that, it is the essence of personal choice.

New Mexico is the latest state to enact a law that gives terminally ill, competent adults the right to choose how and when they end their life. With all the turmoil, hate, pain and suffering in the world today, why on earth must someone who already is in the process of dying continue to suffer the pain and loss of dignity until their last breath? They are already dying, why not let them go out on their own terms?

Opponents to medical aid in dying will talk about abuse of the elderly and the poor, coercion by unscrupulous family members or that hospice is a viable alternative. There is also no question that these accusations by opponents are false.

Medical aid in dying simply results in less suffering for the terminally ill.

Join our volunteer partners in Florida:
http://ow.ly/Sgmd50ErpkD

Mary Ganapol, an #Arizona End of Life Options volunteer, celebrated National Healthcare Decisions Day by advocating for ...
04/18/2021

Mary Ganapol, an #Arizona End of Life Options volunteer, celebrated National Healthcare Decisions Day by advocating for the terminally ill in her state.

Read Mary's Letter to the Editor:
http://ow.ly/KG4x50Eraki

Visit Arizona End-of-Life Options:
http://ow.ly/PH5T50Erakk

Mary Ganapol, an #Arizona End of Life Options volunteer, celebrated National Healthcare Decisions Day by advocating for the terminally ill in her state.

Read Mary's Letter to the Editor:
http://ow.ly/KG4x50Eraki

Visit Arizona End-of-Life Options:
http://ow.ly/PH5T50Erakk

It's time to take action in New York. We've launched a special campaign site so sign up today!
04/17/2021
Death with Dignity NY

It's time to take action in New York. We've launched a special campaign site so sign up today!

Take action, join the movement

Happy National Healthcare Decisions Day!This entertaining video from The Conversation Project might have you looking at ...
04/16/2021
Who Will Speak for You?

Happy National Healthcare Decisions Day!
This entertaining video from The Conversation Project might have you looking at friends and family in a whole new way. 😉
Who's your healthcare proxy?

#NHDD #NHDD2021

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NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY 📝The best 🎁you can give your loved ones is the 🎁of information. Make an end of life pl...
04/14/2021

NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY 📝

The best 🎁you can give your loved ones is the 🎁of information. Make an end of life plan and share it with your healthcare advocate. We've created a easy to use checklist to get you started.🧡

CREATING YOUR LIFE FILE:
A Checklist for End-of-Life Planning

FREE DOWNLOAD
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NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY 📝

The best 🎁you can give your loved ones is the 🎁of information. Make an end of life plan and share it with your healthcare advocate. We've created a easy to use checklist to get you started.🧡

CREATING YOUR LIFE FILE:
A Checklist for End-of-Life Planning

FREE DOWNLOAD
http://ow.ly/DwKB50DUc4O

ACTION REQUIRED....The good news is AB351 will get an Assembly Floor Vote. But, this bill will not pass unless Nevada re...
04/13/2021

ACTION REQUIRED....The good news is AB351 will get an Assembly Floor Vote. But, this bill will not pass unless Nevada residents tell their representatives to vote YES!

Please SHARE this message with anyone and everyone you know in Nevada. We need you to take ACTION immediately.

SEND A LETTER TODAY
http://ow.ly/7Hux50EmVGZ

ACTION REQUIRED....The good news is AB351 will get an Assembly Floor Vote. But, this bill will not pass unless Nevada residents tell their representatives to vote YES!

Please SHARE this message with anyone and everyone you know in Nevada. We need you to take ACTION immediately.

SEND A LETTER TODAY
http://ow.ly/7Hux50EmVGZ

ACTION REQUIRED....The good news is AB351 will get an Assembly Floor Vote. But, this bill will not pass unless Nevada re...
04/13/2021

ACTION REQUIRED....The good news is AB351 will get an Assembly Floor Vote. But, this bill will not pass unless Nevada residents tell their representatives to vote YES!

Please SHARE this message with anyone and everyone you know in Nevada. We need you to take ACTION immediately.

SEND A LETTER TODAY
http://ow.ly/7Hux50EmVGZ

ACTION REQUIRED....The good news is AB351 will get an Assembly Floor Vote. But, this bill will not pass unless Nevada residents tell their representatives to vote YES!

Please SHARE this message with anyone and everyone you know in Nevada. We need you to take ACTION immediately.

SEND A LETTER TODAY
http://ow.ly/7Hux50EmVGZ

"Assemblyman Edgar Flores, D-Las Vegas, who introduced the bill, described the experience of a family member in end-of-l...
04/12/2021

"Assemblyman Edgar Flores, D-Las Vegas, who introduced the bill, described the experience of a family member in end-of-life care and fighting “every second of it.”

“In a very selfish way, I applauded it and I think the reason I did was because for a long time … I’ve always associated (death) with how it relates to me,” Flores said. “And I think I realized that I needed to really go on the other side of that conversation and that’s where it hit me. That it’s not about me, it’s not about you, it’s not about the family member, it’s not about how everybody in that room feels, but rather that individual who suffered every second.”

NEVADA, Your legislators need to hear from you TODAY!
Take Action:http://ow.ly/zFaK50Eme3w

Las Vegas Sun, John Sadler
http://ow.ly/dDyM50Eme3v

"Assemblyman Edgar Flores, D-Las Vegas, who introduced the bill, described the experience of a family member in end-of-life care and fighting “every second of it.”

“In a very selfish way, I applauded it and I think the reason I did was because for a long time … I’ve always associated (death) with how it relates to me,” Flores said. “And I think I realized that I needed to really go on the other side of that conversation and that’s where it hit me. That it’s not about me, it’s not about you, it’s not about the family member, it’s not about how everybody in that room feels, but rather that individual who suffered every second.”

NEVADA, Your legislators need to hear from you TODAY!
Take Action:http://ow.ly/zFaK50Eme3w

Las Vegas Sun, John Sadler
http://ow.ly/dDyM50Eme3v

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Would love to have this choice in NC!
I have a friend who needs help finding someone who has gone through the instructions and paperwork involved for Death With Dignity. Are there people in the advocacy groups who can do this for him?
Death with Dignity? Medical Aid In Dying? What are your end-of-life options if you live in Arizona? Learn more on Sunday, Nov. 1st, at 2pm when Arizona End of Life Options presents a discussion with Dr. Tom Fitch. Register today for this free virtual presentation. https://azendoflifeoptions.org/free-webinars-on-end-of-life-options/ Your Zoom link will be emailed to you. With a wealth of first-hand experience, Dr. Fitch believes MAID is ethical, and should be legally available—with stringent safeguards—to competent adults who find themselves near the end of life due to a terminal illness complicated by unbearable, refractory suffering, to use as their last act of free will to die with dignity as they reasonably interpret it. He has joined Arizona End-of-Life Options to advocate for a Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) law in Arizona. See Dr. Fitch’s Op Ed in the Arizona Republic: “I’m an oncologist with terminal cancer, and I support medical aid in dying. Here’s why. https://azendoflifeoptions.org/stories/#fitch Visit our website for more About Arizona End-of-Life Options, the Proposed Law, resources, Stories, and how to volunteer with AZ End-of-Life Options https://azendoflifeoptions.org/ And check out our YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZXWeXcZjiBUcsEG_su-9Og Be sure to visit our page and Like and Follow us https://www.facebook.com/AZEndofLife
Death with Dignity? Medical Aid In Dying? What are your end-of-life options if you live in Arizona? Learn more on Friday, 10/23, at 1pm when Arizona End of Life Options presents a discussion with Dr. Tom Fitch. Register today for this free virtual presentation. https://azendoflifeoptions.org/free-webinars-on-end-of-life-options/
Death by choice is a human right. However, it is not honored here. It makes no sense to me. No sense at all. I have had and still have family members and friends who are suffering horrible, horrible lives in nursing homes. They would never have chosen this life for themselves. Yet they cannot escape. They are doomed to a life without dignity, without control of their own values and their own wishes. The nursing homes suck up their money and with Covid 19 we can no longer monitor the care or hug our loved ones. This is insanity and cruelty at it highest degree. It is abuse.
I hope I may have death this way
It is so strange to me than I can put my dog down to save it pain and suffering at the end of her life, but I cannot put myself down for the same reason. There is something fundamentally broken about this situation. I want full legal control over my own body. And I recognize the irony of saying this as a man.
I have a question. My mother in law has heart issues and is in contact with DwD. She has previously tried to commit su***de. I have been told by a nurse/friend that was under the impression that anybody who has attempted su***de does not qualify for DwD. Is this correct information? I could not find anything about it on your website. Thank you.
Is there anywhere in the United States someone can choose the right to die because of depression ?