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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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Upcoming Events
Bring your friends and family!

End of Life Helpers
Death Doulas, Geriatric Care Managers, & Patient Advocates

Hemlock Logo - Good Life, Good Death Sunday
January 20, 2018
1:30 - 3:30pm

End of Life Helper
Providing services to patients and families at the end of life is a growing industry. We will present representatives of these three services so you can better understand what they do, who they are, and where to find them. None of these are home care workers, a group we will discuss at a later meeting.

Jeanne Marie Bredestege, Certified Thanatologist
Rebecca Montano, Ph.D., CRC, CMC, CCM. President of the Western Regional Chapter of the Aging for Life Association (formerly National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers)
Lisa Berry Blackstock, Patient Healthcare Advocate, Owner, Soul Sherpa (R) Healthcare Advocacy

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


Psilocybin, Palliative Care, and Policy Reform

Psi Saturday, January 26, 2019
6:30–8:30 PM

This presentation will review the history of psilocybin and related agents in both medicine and law in the United States, and explore avenues for advocacy to increase psilocybin access for those suffering conditions that could be mitigated or improved through therapeutic use, focusing on psilocybin’s potential use as a palliative intervention in the context of terminal illness.

Kathryn Tucker, JD is the Executive Director of the End of Life Liberty Project, an advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and expanding the rights of the terminally ill, which she founded during her tenure as Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center, a leading disability rights advocacy organization. Previously, Tucker served for two decades as Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs for Compassion & Choices, engaging multidimensional advocacy to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. Tucker has held faculty appointments at Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), University of Washington, Seattle University, and Lewis and Clark School of Law, teaching in the areas of law, medicine, and ethics pertinent to the end of life.

Sponsor: Oregon Psilocybin Society
Location: Taborspace; 5441 Southeast Belmont Street, Portland, Oregon 97215
Cost: $15 suggested donation supports OPS and the PSI 2020 Campaign


Right to Die Film Series - The Leisure Seeker


Hemlock Logo - Good Life, Good Death

February 17, 2018
1:30 - 3:30pm
The Leisure Seeker

with Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland

Studies show that most people would want to die at home. BUT — not these two! Why not live it up in the time remaining rather than sit in a nursing home? See how these two award winners solve the problem — and defy their kids.

A romantic comedy that gives an optimistic slant to the end of life.

There will be a short discussion afterwards.


Good parking

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



2018 Medscape Ethics Report
It is worth a look at the other 26 questions in the report

Physician Assisted Dying - Survey results

life sustaining therapy - survey results

24% of Emergency Medicine Physicians said they would recommend or provide life-sustaining treatment even if they believed it would be futile.


Faye Girsh

Longtime right-to-die activist Faye Girsh is retired, but not done talking about the issue by John Wilkens, 1/6/19, Union Tribune

Barry Price, Faye Girsh
Faye Girsh, HSSD President and Barry Price, Vice-President,
Discuss End of Life Options

on the Union Tribune's "Community Spotlight" radio show
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."

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.

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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

Why California Must Still Fight For Death With Dignity. By Barry Price, Ph.D., 12/12/18 Union Tribune. With rebuttal by John Dolan, Auxiliary Bishop in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.

Even the Best Palliative Care Can't Always Help. (video) Dying for Choice, Australia.

Could I Kill My Mother? By Sarah Lyall, Aug. 31, 2018, New York Times.

As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures By Katie Hafner,Aug. 10, 2018, New York Times.

Letting Go By Atul Gawande, Annals of Medicine August 2, 2010 Issue. Published in The New Yorker

Die Like a Dog By Joseph M Pierre, UCLA Professor of Psychiatry. Aeon

In Oregon, pushing to give patients with degenerative diseases the right to die By Rob Kuznia, Washington Post, March 11, 2018

Scottish Parliament removes time limit in definition of "terminally ill" My Death, My Decision website, July 15, 2018

Oregon Couple's Final Days Captured In Intimate Aid-In-Dying Video Washington Post, March 7, 2018

How American ideas about end-of-life care have shifted by Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, June 30, 2018

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, 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

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