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No funds go to salaries...or to headquarters.


Programs and activities of the Hemlock Society of San Diego (HSSD) are made possible by your membership dues and the generous donations of members and friends. Donations and memberships can be sent to: HSSD, PO Box 34237, San Diego CA 92103. Thank you!

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We need your help with a variety of volunteer positions.
If interested, leave a message at (619) 233-4418.

Upcoming Events

Hemlock Society San Diego logo August 16, 2014 (Saturday)
12-2 PM

Dying WishDying Wish
This DVD is the story of Colorado surgeon, Dr. Michael Miller, dying of end-stage cancer and determined to avoid the hospital at all costs. This shows the result of his decision to stop eating and drinking. This half hour video will be followed by a discussion of this method.

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
North University Community Branch Library
8820 Judicial Drive San Diego, CA 92122-4684

World Federation of Right to Die Society Logo September 17 - 20, 2014
First conference in America since 2000

World Federation is Coming to Chicago

Wednesday, September 17,
Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mark your calendars and register now for September 17 through 20, 2014, when the World Federation of Right To Die Societies comes to Chicago for its Twentieth Biennial Conference. The conference theme is “Dignity, Choice, Control…Around The World.” Come be inspired and learn how our vital movement is flourishing. Hear from activists from many countries, including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA.

The World Federation, founded in 1980, consists of 51 death-with-dignity organizations from 26 countries. The Federation provides an international link for organizations working to secure and protect the human right to self-determination at the end of life. Final Exit Network (FEN) is hosting the conference. It’s a tremendous opportunity to publicize and build support for our movement.

This is only the 3rd World Federation to be held in the U.S., the last one was 14 years ago. So, take advantage of this opportunity -- and find out about exciting developments all over the world.

The event starts with a reception on Wednesday evening, and continues all day Thursday through Saturday. There’s a special gala dinner Friday evening. It’s all at the beautiful Lakefront Embassy Suites Hotel in Chicago, at 511 N. Columbus Drive, in the fashionable Streeterville neighborhood. Just steps away from everything. The conference website at www.wfconf2014.com has the conference schedule and forms for registering online. The World Federation website is at www.worldrtd.net.

Register for the entire conference by March 31 for the early-bird price of $295. The gala dinner Friday evening is an additional $50. One-day registration is $150, and special conference rates are available to stay at the Embassy Suites.

Please register now – don’t delay. See you there – don’t miss it!

Hemlock Society logo Sept. 28, 2014 (Sunday)

Talk by Boudewijn Chabot, MD, PhD. i Dr. Boudewijn is a Dutch psychiatrist who has been doing research on how people in the Netherlands die.

More information at a later date.

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Scottish Rite Temple


A tribute to Sharlotte Hydorn

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Archbishop Tutu Endorses Assisted Dying

In a recent statement to the London Observer Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa had this to say: “Yes, I think a lot of people would be upset if I said I wanted assisted dying. I would say I wouldn't mind actually….I have been fortunate to spend my life working for dignity for the living. Now I wish to apply my mind to the issue of dignity for the dying. I revere the sanctity of life—but not at any cost.”

And about his friend Nelson Mandela’s death: "You could see Madiba was not fully there. He did not speak. He was not connecting. My friend was no longer himself. It (his prolonged dying) was an affront to Madiba's dignity.”

2013 Death with Dignity
Annual Report
from Oregon Public Health Division

Once you are on the web page, click the link labeled "current report" to see the complete report for year 16.

World Right-to-Die Newsletter
Click for Latest Issue of  World Right-to-Die Newsletter

Featured Articles

Assisted Suicide Now Legal in 5 States -- by Erik Eckholm -- New York Times -- February 8, 2014

Fatal Mercies -- by Frank Bruni -- New York Times -- August 10, 2013

A Plea for Assisted Suicide -- by Kayla Penokie -- August 7, 2013

Doctors Really Do Die Differently -- by Ken Murray, MD -- July 17, 2013

I Must Die, My Love, To Rid You of this Burden -- by Sarah-Kate Templeton -- London Sunday Times -- July 14, 2013

Advance Directives Are Often Not Honored -- by Michael Cook -- BIOEdge News -- June 29, 2013

The Old Chestnut of Diluted Helium -- by Derek Humphry -- June 6, 2013

Why Can't Blue States Allow People to Die with Dignity? -- by Steve Lopez -- Los Angeles Times -- May 20, 2013

Click here to see additional articles.

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