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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
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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

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)

Suffering From Life In The Very Old
Boudewijn Chabot, MD, PhD.
Dr. Chabot is a Dutch psychiatrist who has been doing research on how people in the Netherlands die. He is the author of two new books, and two DVDs. Dr. Chabot made several presentations during the World RTD Conference and is joining us afterwards. This topic is being discussed in the Netherlands and Switzerland where voluntary euthanasia is a legal option.

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Scottish Rite Temple. 1895 Camino del Rio South in Mission Valley

  Sept. 30, 2014 (Tuesday)

For The BEST WAY to Say Goodbye: A Specific Living Will + an Effective Strategy
By Stanley A. Terman, Ph.D., M.D.

Cost: Free
Carlsbad’s Dove Library.

Hemlock Society logo October 18, 2014 (Saturday)

Film: Soyalent Green
The classic cult film about a grim future
where there are too many people and not
enough food —but a peaceful death is an
easy option. Starring Edward G. Robinson
and Charlton Heston.

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
La Jolla Library- 7555 Draper Street
La Jolla CA 92037


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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