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We are an
all-volunteer organization.
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 (tax deductible) 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

This Wednesday, January 28th City Beat will feature an article on the Death Café written by Amy Wallen - we've heard it will have a unique spin on it…you can pick it up at your local grocery store.
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See Karen's Death Café Facebook page. Lots of info, articles, reflections…an extension of our times together at the Death Cafes. Karen recently posted an article on "How to Die Like A Doctor" and it has reached 892 and has been shared 13 times.
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Death cafe January 27, 2015
(Tuesday)
6:30pm-8:30pm
 

Death Cafés are a part of a global movement to provide a relaxed and nurturing setting where you can join open, honest discussions to explore the questions you may have about life, dying and grief. See More

Sponsor: Death Café
Cost: Free. Please RSVP
Location: Unity Church of El Cajon
311 Highland Avenue, El Cajon CA 92020 (At the intersection of Highland and Lexington)
Meeting held in Hammons Hall (Located at the back of the parking lot)

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Death cafe

February 10, 2015
(Tuesday)
12:30pm-2:30pm

 

Death Café Mission Valley, San Diego provides a safe, agenda-free place to discuss death and life over some tasty treats. Not a grief therapy group, it is no more and no less than a friendly and interesting group of people discussing death, dying and end-of-life concerns. Our motto: "Breathing Life into Death" - See more

Sponsor: Death Café - Hosted by San Diego County Coaliation for Improving End-of-Life Care
Cost: Free.
Please RSVP
Location:
2123 Fenton Parkway (next to IKEA)
San Diego, CA 92108

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Death cafe February 21, 2015
(Saturday)
1:00pm- 2:45pm
 

Death Café Pacific Beach provides a safe, agenda-free place to discuss death and life over a cuppa and tasty treats. This is not a grief therapy group. It is no more and no less than a friendly and interesting group of people discussing death, dying and end of life concerns. See More
Sponsor: Death Café
Cost: Free.
Please RSVP
Location:
4275 Cass St San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 858.581-9934

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The Hemlock Society of San Diego Logo February 22, 2015
(Sunday)
2:30pm to 4:30 pm
 

HoneyFilm Festival: Honey
A new Italian film about a young woman who helps people die. What happens when her guidelines are violated? How does this occupation affect her life? Are there other “Honeys” around? Should there be?

More Info

Sponsor: The Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost:
Free
Location:
North University Library 8820 Judicial Drive (off Nobel Drive), San Diego 92122

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San Diego County Coaliation for Improving End of Life Care

February 24, 2015
(Tuesday)
12pm to 4 pm

 

paperworkAdvance Health Care Planning Assistance

An opportunity to get help with your Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD)

At any age, a medical crisis can leave one too ill to express his or her healthcare wishes, making it difficult for family, friends and healthcare providers to know what best to do in difficult and possibly irreversible situations.

Sponsor: San Diego County Coaliation for Improving End-of-Life Care
Cost:
Free
Location:
Serra Mesa - Kearny Mesa Public Library 9005 Aero Dr., San Diego

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The Hemlock Society of San Diego Logo March 15, 2015 (Sunday)
1:30pm - 3pm
 

Pioneers

Pioneers of the Right To Die Movement
Hear and meet DEREK HUMPHRY, and DR. RICHARD
MACDONALD, with FAYE GIRSH as moderator, to
discuss the past and future of the movement.

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Location:
Scottish Rite Event Center
1895 Camino del Rio South - Mission Valley

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The Hemlock Society of San Diego Logo April 19, 2015
(Sunday)
2:30pm - 4:30pm
  GuzaarishFilm Festival: Guzaarish
A beautiful Bollywood film about a young magician who has an “accident” and becomes quadriplegic He takes his case for assisted dying to the courts in India. Does he win? Does he die?
More Info

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Location: La Jolla Library
7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA

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

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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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