The Hemlock Society of San Diego

End of Life Option Law Goes into effect June 9th in CA

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

The first person in San Diego to Take Advantage of the Law ?

Ojai woman with ALS takes advantage of California's End of Life Option Act

But, it is not so easy.       And sometimes difficult to find a doctor.

Also, a group has filed a lawsuit trying to get an injunction to stop the law

the legal paperwork


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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
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Upcoming Events

Death Cafe October-mid November  

Death Cafés

As of this October through mid-November, the San Diego City Library will be hosting 10 Cafes in different Branches throughout the city.

Read more about it here.

Death Cafe November 14
1:30-3:00 pm

Death Café

An agenda-free, safe place to discuss death, dying and living 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.

Space is limited, so please sign-up if you plan to attend.

Late arrivals are not allowed. 

Temperature in room is not controlled locally and may be cool, so dress accordingly.

more info

Sponsor: Death Café
Cost: Free; but donations are welcome to cover cost of refreshments
Location: Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Public Library Community Room
9005 Aero Dr. San Diego 92123

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November 20, 2016


Hemlock Chat:



If your Heart Stops, What Happens Next?

James DunfordFind out about CPR/ DNR* orders, when to call 911, what is DNR jewelry. Hear from the expert, Dr. Jim Dunford, the City of San Diego's Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services. Many people think they have a DNR order but they don't. Who should have one and how do you get it?

*DNR=Do Not Resuscitate
*CPR=CardioPulmonary Resuscitation

Dr. Dunford is also a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UCSD Medical Center. In 2000 Jim saw the potential of public access to defibrillation (PAD) programs and collaborated with key stakeholders to found San Diego Project Heart Beat. Jim serves as the President of the Greater San Diego Board of the American Heart Association. In 2008 he received the Volunteer Physician of the Year Award for the AHA Western States (California, Nevada and Utah).


Sponsor: The Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Location: Scottish Rite Event Center, Mission Valley, 1895 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108.

Lots of Free Parking


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Sunday, December 16th, 2016


Hemlock Chat Afterwards


Right to Die Film Festival: Amour

amourWhat happens to an older couple when one gets sick and the other tries to be the caregiver. AMOUR is an award winning French film showing the course of desperation and helplessness that leads to a startling climax.



Sponsor: The Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Location: Mission Valley Library 2123 Fenton Parkway, 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.From Santee it goes past Alvarado Medical Center, SDSU and Qualcomm Stadium.
Click here timetables

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



News from the World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies Conference in AmsterdamFaye Girsh with award from

Faye Girsh, HSSD President and founder, was given the Marilyn Sequin Award 2016 at the June World Federation Conference in Amsterdam. Here she is holding the plaque which reads "In honor of her longstanding dedication to the Right to Die, in the World and in the USA."

Girsh chaired a session at the Conference for NuTech covering the use of Nitrogen, testing drugs bought on the internet, and the new oral formula for self-deliverance.

HSSD Board member Bill Simmons gave a paper on the use of the term "dignicide" in discussing peaceful self-deliverance.

HSSD member Mary Frumkin, with Bill Simmons, served as HSSD delegates to the Conference. Girsh was a delegate from ERGO in Derek Humphry's place.

World Federation of Right to Die Societies View summaries of some of the talks given at the World Federation of Right to Die Societies



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

more info

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.

more info




Featured Articles

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

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

Click here to see additional articles.


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