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We are an
all-volunteer organization.
No funds go to salaries...or to headquarters.

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


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 (tax deductible) can be sent to: HSSD, PO Box 34237, San Diego CA 92103
Use PayPal for donations (any amount)

Include the Hemlock Society of San Diego in your Will or Living Trust.

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California Department of Health Releases 2016 End of Life Option Report
191 Californians received prescriptions for period June 9, 2016, and December 31, 2016.
Click to see full report.

Upcoming Events

Bring your friends and family! - see end of this list for info on a transportation option


Achieving a Peaceful Death

The Hemlock Society of San Diego Logo Saturday
Nov. 4, 2017


This all-day conference focuses on ways to achieve a peaceful death.

Distinguished Speakers:
Derek Humphry, Founder of the Hemlock Society USA (1980), author of "Final Exit" speaking on the history of the Hemlock Society and the latest in do-it-yourself methods.
Kathryn Tucker, J.D., Executive Director, End of Life Liberty Project speaking about what more can be done legally.
Rob Jonquiére, M.D., Executive Director, World Federation of Right to Die Societies speaking on right-to-die develoments around the world.
Dr. Sally Hall, M.D., retired psychiatrist, Senior Exit Guide and Member of the Medical Evaluation Committee of the Final Exit Network speaking on how the Final Exit Network can help.
Teressa Vaughn, MPT, MHA, Advance Care Planner, Sharp HospiceCare speaking on Advance Directives and POLST.
James Sinclair, M.D., cCare speaking on stopping treatment/hospice.
Faye Girsh, EdD, President, Hemlock Society of San Diego, speaking on Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders.
Carolyn Shadle, Ph.D. speaking on Life Circle, Switzerland
Bob Uslander, M.D., Integrated MD Care speaking about physician aid in dying, terminal sedation, and voluntarily stopping eating and drinking.

Ticket price includes an outdoor buffet lunch .

Provisional Schedule

Wait list people: We have processed all of your orders.

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Location: Sheraton La Jolla Hotel 3299 Holiday Court San Diego, CA 92037
Cost: $75-$100. Use EventBrite to sign up.



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Nov. 19, 2017


A film by Dutch psychiatrist Boudewijn Chabot with an excellent, rational discussion of planning for the end of life. Five film speakers deliver personal narratives of self-chosen and humane deaths.
Three of the speakers are loved ones of people who used the method. One is a doctor who helped someone die - under the Dutch law. The fifth is an 80 year old woman describing her analysis of the three methods with pros and cons.
Subjects include voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED), Helium, Prescription drugs, and Physician Assisted Dying.

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Location: Scottish Rite Event Center, 1895 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: Free


Youth in Oregon
Another fine movie from our Right to Die Film series

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Dec. 17, 2017

Hemlock Chat afterwards


Frank Langella plays a retired doctor who is unwilling to endure further treatment for a hopeless heart condition. But when he announces his intention to travel from New York to Oregon to seek legal approval to end his life comfortably, his family rebels.
Stay afterward for a spirited discussion!

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Location: Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: Free


Rides for Veterans and Seniors

FACT is a dial-a-ride service that operates in all 18 cities in San Diego County and serves residents 60+ years of age and people with disabilities. Until December 31, FACT will be offering veterans and a companion one free round trip per week, for any purpose, anywhere within urban or suburban San Diego. For those who are not veterans, FACT offers affordable rides: one-way fares begin at $2.50 for travel up to five miles. Currently, the first companion is free for all trips! Transportation is available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Reservations may be requested one to seven days in advance, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., weekdays, by calling (760) 754-1252 or (888) 924-3228.

Faye Girsh, Dr. Bob Uslander

Hear our President, Faye Girsh, & Dr. Bob Uslander talk about the history of the right-to-die movement on WS Radio with Drew Schlosberg.

When Hospice was created, the opposition used some of the same arguments they use today against assisted dying-
what if diagnosis is wrong, what if hospitals put people into hospice to save money....

Faye Girsh and Dr. Bob Uslander  

Have you, or a family member, asked a doctor for help with California's new law allowing aid in dying?

We are interested in hearing your story. Please contact us.

Also, the University of California San Francisco would like to talk with you (and pay you $25!). Details here.




Medscape Survey PAD

More Information on Life, Death and Pain from the Medscape Ethics Report

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An assisted dying law would not result in more people dying, but in fewer people suffering.
-Campaign for Dignity in Dying


Our speaker bureau can provide a speaker on California's End of Life Option Act, Advance Directives or other right to die issues.

Where we have spoken

Contact the Hemlock Society of San Diego

Registering Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) with CA Secretary of State

 For a small fee, you can register your AHCD with the Secretary of State's Office to ensure that, wherever you may be, your health provider will have access to it. When you register, you have the option of providing a PDF (that an officially identified health provider can then download) or indicate its location.

more info




Featured Articles

Accessing Drugs for Medical Aid in Dying. (An article about the cost) by Catherine Offord, The Scientist, Aug. 17, 2017

A Year After Assisted Suicide Became Legal in California, hurdles remain. by Paul Sisson, San Diego Union Tribune, July 2, 2017

Changing the Paradigm of Advance Directives to Avoid Prolonged Dementia by Norman Cantor, Harvard Law Blog, April 20, 2017

How to End a Life, By Nicholas Hune-Brown, Toronto Life, May 23, 2017

A Matter of Death and Life, by Wael Haddara, April 28, 2017

Belgian Catholic psychiatric hospitals 'adjust' their view of euthanasia.By Michael Cook, Bioedge April 29, 2017.

Montana's right to die law in jeopardy with new proposal. KPAX, March 1, 2017

Gorsuch Staunchly Opposes 'Aid in Dying.' Does It Matter? Judge Neil M. Gorsuch's book leaves no doubt regarding his feelings. But advocates say the real battle is in state courts, not the Supreme Court. By Paula Span, THE NEW OLD AGE; New YorkTimes FEB. 24, 2017

Doctor Considers the Pitfalls of Extending Life and Prolonging Death. Haider Warraich, on his new book, "Modern Death" Fresh Air. January 30, 2017

Assisted Dying Global Report Card 2016 - Fact file by Neil Francis, Posted on Thursday 7th July 2016 on Key finding: Approval amongst physicians seems to be consistently lower than amongst the public..

DIGNICIDE -- By William Simmons - Presentation at at the Euthanasia-2016 Conference World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies Amsterdam, May 12, 2016

Doctor Assisted Suicide:California Ban Challenged in Court -- by Howard Mintz -- San Jose Mercury News -- February 15, 2015

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

Click here to see additional articles.


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