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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.

Thank you!

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help wanted We are looking for a part-time Executive Director
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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 of San Diego Logo Sunday
Jan. 21,


Refusal of Treatment and How Best to Die with Dementia

woman with notes on her body

Amy Abrams, MSW, MPH,
Education & Outreach Manager,
Alzheimer's San Diego

Lisa Heikoff, M.D., geriatrician, Kaiser
Permanente, Community Advisory Board
of Alzheimer's San Diego

Hannah Wilder, Episcopal priest, in
training. Her mother-in-law has
advanced dementia.

Bob Uslander, M.D., Medical Director
and Founder, Integrated MD Care.


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


Right-to-Die Film Series

The Hemlock Society of San Diego Logo

18, 2018

1:30 pm



Mary Kills People

This was a serious and highly rated TV program about two doctors who, in their extra time, help suffering people who plead for it, to end their lives. This does not romanticize or minimize the dangers and risks of doing this. This episode is 40 minutes and we will follow it with a discussion.

At approximately 2:30 pm, we will show and discuss the film Eyewitness , where we hear from loved ones of people who have chosen various methods of self-deliverance.

This is the DVD, by Dutch psychiatrist Boudewijn Chabot, we tried to show in November but had technical difficulties. This one is guaranteed to play; AND free copies of the DVD will be available. We should be finished by 4PM.

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

FinalExit March
21-25, 2018

Conference: "Dying in the Americas 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., Discounted Price for Hemlock members if you sign up prior to January 14, 2018. Indicate that you are a member when you sign up.


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

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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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