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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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conference - Achieving a Peaceful Death

Thanks to Everyone for making our conference a success !

You can order the conference DVD's and Planning Packets.

Upcoming Events
Bring your friends and family!

The Hemlock Society Presents the Nitrogen Method
as a Means of Self-Deliverance

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March 18

1:30 pm -




Dr. Sally Hall, member of the Medical Evaluation Committee and Senior Guide for Final Exit Network will speak about, and demonstrate the nitrogen method for self-deliverance, with the help of an Associate Guide from the Network. Dr. Hall will also explain how Final Exit Network works from first contact to his/her exit. This method is recommended to people who have qualified for FEN's Exit Guide service.

Information on suicide prevention and depression will be provided.

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Location: Scottish Rite Center 1895 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost:  Hemlock Society Members free. Non-Members $25 cash (no credit or debit cards accepted). Applications for membership can be found here. All attendees will be required to sign a document stating that they will not be using this information in the near future. Please use this link to print the document, sign it and bring it to the meeting to avoid standing in line.

You may pre-register for this event by clicking here.


Visit the Hemlock Society booth at the Spring Into Healthy Living Event


Wednesday, March 14,

9:00am - 12:00pm


Spring Into Healthy Living is a free annual event featuring the latest in health and wellness information for seniors. The morning includes informative talks on healthy nutrition, safety and disaster preparedness, senior-friendly exercise demonstrations and community resources.

Free health screenings will also be available for stroke, blood pressure, balance, mood, body mass index and more. A free healthy continental breakfast will be provided courtesy of Sungarden Terrace. There will also be prescription drug take back available.

Sponsor: East County Action Network, East County YMCA, the County of San Diego's Aging and Independence Services, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, AARP and Sungarden Terrace.
Location: McGrath Family YMCA 12006 Campo Road, Spring Valley, CA 91978
Cost: Free, but

Advance reservation is required. RSVP to 1-877-926-8300 or 1-800-827-4277. Please bring your photo ID to enter the YMCA building and wear shoes with rubber soles. Please do not wear shoes with leather soles since the event will be held in the YMCA's gymnasium.


Conference: "Dying in the Americas 2018" 

FinalExit March
21-25, 2018
  A conference dedicated to understanding the handicaps in the success of death with dignity in all of the Americas with a focus on how we can learn from our counterparts in Canada, Latin America, and the U.S. What will the future hold? Is there a way to have death with dignity without changing our laws? What are our options for expanding laws to serve those who do not fall within current U.S. laws? Is there hope that we can follow in the footsteps of Canada? How can we all achieve a peaceful death? This conference is sponsored by benefactors, a bequest in honor of David Denton, PhD, and support from the board of Final Exit Network.

Conference Program


Sponsor: Final Exit Network
Location: Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort, Henderson, NV
Cost: $350. Hemlock is offering current Hemlock members a $250 scholarship for attending this conference and reporting back to us what you learned. Contact Hemlock if you are interested.


Right to Die Film Series: The Event (2003) with Olympia Dukakis (U.S.)

The Hemlock Society of San Diego Logo Sunday,
April 15

1:30 pm -

This is a 2003 film that depicts a time when people with AIDS were ending their lives rather than suffer torturous AIDS symptoms. Olympia Dukakis plays one such individual's mother who is violently against his plan to end his life. But when he holds his final party for himself and all of his friends (they called it "Going in Style), she dramatically comes around to their viewpoint.

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Location: Rancho Bernardo Library, 17110 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo
Cost: Free


Good Life, Good Death-How to Live Right, How to Die Right

The Hemlock Society of San Diego Logo Sunday,
April 28


Hear a discussion of what you would need to ward off the ten major causes of death, and, what the California law allows for medical aid in dying.

Mitsuo Tomita, M.D. Family practice doctor, retired

And, what the law allows for medical aid in dying.

Faye Girsh, ED.D. President, Hemlock Society of San Diego

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Location: Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075
Cost: Free



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.

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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

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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