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End of Life Options Bill - Signed by Governor Jerry Brown

Governor Brown's Thoughts on the bill  

Frequently Asked Questions About California's New Physician-Assisted Dying Law

KPBS series: "Aid-in-Dying Law Comes to California"

New article about Peter Rasmuseen, Death with Dignity Advocate:
"This doctor helped the dying end their lives with dignity. Then he was diagnosed with cancer."

by Brooke Jarvis In The Week, excerpted from Harper's Magazine


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To Implement The Aid In Dying Law For San Diego County Residents!

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February 21
1:30 pm


Right to Die Film Festival: How to Die in Oregon

Filmmaker Peter Richardson enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether--and when-- to end their lives by lethal overdose. At the heart of the film -- Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival -- are the patients themselves, their families and friends, as they grapple with the legal option they are allowed in Oregon -- and now in California. Both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue are explored to emerge into a life-affirming, powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.

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

Trolley to the Library !
The green line runs every 15-20 minutes on Sundays from 12th and Imperial, through Little Italy and Fashion Valley. Click for Sunday timetable

From Santee it goes past Alvarado Medical Center, SDSU and Qualcomm Stadium.
Click here Sunday timetable

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

San Diego Coaliation

February 24


Advance Health Care Planning Assistance

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.
A written Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) allows a person to express ones preferences in such situations and allows the individual to designate a family member or friend to make medical decisions if one is incapacitated and unable to do so.

Space is limited. Please register by Feb. 22, sdcoalition@yahoo.com

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Cost: Free
Sponsor: San Diego County Coalition for Improving End of Life Care
Location: Pacific Beach – Taylor Public Library 4275 Cass St, San Diego

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March 20


Memory Care Units, Advanced Directives, End of Life

Linda Cho, Executive Director, Stellar Care at Collwood Terrace

Amy Abrams, MSW, MPH, Education & Outreach Manager for Alzheimer's San Diego (they recently broke off from the national Alzheimer's Association)

Anne Barber, MSW, social worker at Silverado Hospice, she's worked in hospice and long-term care.

Cost: Free
Sponsor: The Hemlock Society of San Diego
Location: 1895 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108

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Right to Die Film Festival: Honey

honey movieA 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?

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


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ethics report

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


California has a new version of the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) effective 1/1/16

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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

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

The Old Chestnut of Diluted Helium -- by Derek Humphry -- June 6, 2013

Click here to see additional articles.


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