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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

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Sunday,
February 19, 2017

1:30-3:00pm

Hemlock Chat
Afterward

 

Right to Die Film Series: Still Alice

The story of a young professor who develops early onset Alzheimer's. What would you do? How would your family react? What if you could no longer keep your job? Would you try to take your life? How? How can you make sure it would work? Discussion to follow. Refreshments.

Sponsor: The Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Location: Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, CA (next to IKEA)

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

 

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Carta

Friday, March 3, 2017

1:00-5:30pm

 

Awareness Of Death And Personal Mortality: Implications For Anthropogeny

While certain warm-blooded social animals and birds appear to react selectively and specifically to the death of other members of their group, humans seem to be very unusual in the quality and extent of our responses, and in the ability to translate these experiences into an understanding of our personal mortality. When during childhood do these levels of understanding emerge? What is the underlying neurobiological basis for fears of death and mortality? When during human evolution did these fears emerge, and how did our ancestors tolerate them without sinking into an evolutionary dead end of depression or hopelessness? Assuming we found a solution to this dilemma, why are we still the only mammals that commit suicide? What does the archaeological, historical and cross-cultural record tell us about these matters? And what are the consequences for our current human condition, ranging from self-esteem to social organization, to political leanings? This symposium will bring together expert speakers from a wide range of different disciplines that are relevant to seeking answers to these questions. In the process we will gain a better understanding of how increasing awareness of death and personal mortality shaped the origin of humans.

Sponsor: Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny
Cost: . Free, but you must register at their website for this live webcast
Location: Salk Institute - Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037 USA

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

1:30 pm-3:00pm

Hemlock Chat
Afterward

 

What If Your Heart Stops?


James DunfordSpeaker: James Dunford, Jr., MD, City of San Diego EMS Medical Director

What is CPR*? How often is it successful?

Many people think they have a DNR*

order but they don't. Who should have one

and how do you get it?


Find out about:

  • CPR and DNR orders
  • When and when not to call 911
  • What is DNR jewelry?

* CPR = CardioPulmonary Resuscitation

* DNR = Do Not Resuscitate

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

 

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Sunday,
April 9, 2017

1:30-3:00pm

Hemlock Chat
Afterward

 

Right to Die Film Festival - Critical Care

Note non-standard DATE - due to Easter, our meeting will NOT be held on the third Sunday this month.

Sponsor: The Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Location: Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, CA (next to IKEA)

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

 

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Hear our President, Faye Girsh, talk about the Hemlock Society,
Right to Die and California's End of Life Option act on WSradio


 

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

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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

Contact the Hemlock Society of San Diego

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 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 http://dyingforchoice.com/. 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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