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

Thank you!

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Deborah Ziegler at rally to save the End of Life Option Act
Deborah Ziegler speaking at the Rally May 20, 2018
Mac users should be able to see this short clip of Dr. Bob (m4v)
and a few more snippets from the meeting from a local news station

Friends of End of Life Choice:
As you know now, a Riverside judge struck down the California End of Life Option Act. The decision has been appealed by the California Attorney General. The process of going through the courts may take years. Meanwhile you should know:
1. It is our mission to let you know about ALL choices for a peaceful death and we have done that. At our meetings are books, pamphlets and other resources that explain alternatives. Our November, 2017, conference covered a variety of options. The DVD from that conference is available.
2. Future and past meetings will and have covered:

  • the Nitrogen Method and the Final Exit Network
  • VSED Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking
  • Palliative Care and Hospice (coming July, 2018)
  • Going to Switzerland, and more.

As we learn new things we will pass them along to you. Most of our meetings are recorded and you can view them here.

Meanwhile, write to your legislator and see if a comparable bill can be passed during the regular session of the General Assembly.

Send donations to the HEMLOCK SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO — the only organization that informs you completely about ALL of your end of life choices.
Faye Girsh, President

Upcoming Events
Bring your friends and family!

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How to Festival

Saturday, May 26th

1:00 pm-

1:20 pm

 

How to Festival

Join Hemlock at the Rancho Penasquitos Library to learn about the California End of Life Option Act and how you might be able to exert some control over the time and place of your death if you are suffering from a terminal illness.

see the How to Festival schedule for all libraries

Sponsor: The San Diego Public Library, in partnership with California Coast Credit Union

Location: Rancho Peñasquitos Library 13330 Salmon River Rd. San Diego, CA 92129 Hemlock will be at Center Stage

Cost: Free       Open to the public  

 
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Speaking of Dying

The Hemlock Society of San Diego Logo

Saturday,
June 2, 2018

2:30 pm registration

3:00 pm
film

3:30-4:30 pm
group discussion

 

Speaking of Dying

The Hemlock Society of San Diego invites you to watch "Speaking of Dying" - a 30 min film followed by discussion around the difficult topic of dying and end-of-life choice.


 

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Location: San Marcos Branch Library, 2 Civic Center Dr., San Marcos 92069
Cost: Free       

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Death Over Draft

Death Over Draft

The Hemlock Society of San Diego Logo Monday, June 4
6-8 pm
 

The Hemlock Society of San Diego invites you to discuss end-of-life planning and choices over a beer and a nosh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Location: Benchmark Brewing, 6190 Fairmont Ave # G, San Diego, CA 92120
Cost: $10. Includes a beer & nosh. Space is limited. RSVP before June 3

. MUST BE 21 years or older.

ID required at door.

Sign up at Eventbrite
before June 3rd!

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GOOD LIFE, GOOD DEATH
How to Live Right, How to Die Right

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Saturday,

June 9

10:00 am

 

By popular demand, we are repeating this short introduction to the 10 leading causes of death. The talk will be followed by a discussion of how you can take steps now to increase your chances of a peaceful death.

Speakers:
Dr. Mitsuo Tomita, M.D., retired family physician

Faye Girsh, EdD, President, Hemlock Society of San Diego. Retired clinical and forensic psychologist.

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Location: University community library, 4155 Governor Dr.
Cost: Free. Open to the public

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Right-to-Die Film Festival: The Sea Inside

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Sunday,
June 17, 2018

1:30 – 3:30 PM

 

This 2004 award-winning film is based on the real-life story of Ramón Sampedro (played by Javier Bardem), who was left quadriplegic after a diving accident, and his 28-year campaign in support of euthanasia and the right to end his life.

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

Trolley to the Library !
The green line runs every 15-30 minutes on Sundays from 12th and Imperial, through Little Italy and Fashion Valley.From Santee it goes past Alvarado Medical Center, SDSU and Qualcomm Stadium.
Click here for timetables

The Mission Valley Library is about 100 feet from the Fenton Parkway stop, the walk is ADA compliant.
Click here for the trolley map

Click here for map
to library from Fenton Parkway trolley stop

 

Right-to-Die Film Festival Schedule

       
Colombia

 


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Dying Matters.  Let's talk about it.

May 6th marks the second anniversary of the passage of California's End of Life Option Act.

Click the numbers below to hear the two-part mp3 audio recording of Faye's interview on iHeartMedia San Diego about the importance of making your end of life wishes known to your family and friends far in advance of when a crisis arises.

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Cinema Junkie
A discussion of
how films use serious drama
as well as absurd humor to help us face questions about death and dying
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Faye Girsh
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radio Hear interview with Faye Girsh, President of the Hemlock Society of San Diego and Dr. Bob Uslander, Integrated MD Care, on KFMB radio program "It's Your Money and Your Life."
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No one disputes that it's against the law to take another person's life, but is it against the law to sit with someone and watch while they commit suicide? We meet an elderly woman who sneaks around the country as an "exit guide."

Hear an interview with Exit Guide Fran Schindler

Final Exit Network




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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

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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.

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Featured Articles

A Harder Death for People With Intellectual Disabilities. By Tim Lahey, M.D. New York Times, April 5, 2018

Professor Stephen Hawking backs right to die for the terminally ill. By Sarah Boseley. The Guardian. Sept. 2013

This Was Not the Good Death We Were Promised, By Karen Brown. New York Times, 1/6/18

Getting Off the End-of-Life Conveyor Belt. by Joanne Kaldy. Caring for the Ages. Dec., 2017

I'm a Christian With Stage IV Cancer. I Want Death With Dignity. by Corinne Johns-Treat. Time. August 10, 2016

New 'Instructions' Could Let Dementia Patients Refuse Spoon-Feeding. By JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News. November 3, 2017

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, theWhig.com 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 http://dyingforchoice.com/. 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


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