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We are an
all-volunteer organization.
No funds go to salaries...or to headquarters.


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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Thank you!

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We need your help with a variety of volunteer positions.
If interested, leave a message at (619) 233-4418.

Check out the article in CityBeat
about the Hemlock Society of San Digo

Upcoming Events

The Hemlock Society of San Diego Logo July 19
1:30 - 4pm

General meeting: If Helium Doesn't Work And You Can't Use The Law, What Then? A report from the NuTech meeting.

Speakers: Wil Wakely and Faye Girsh

Cost: Free
Hemlock Society of San Diego
Scottish Rite Event Center
1895 Camino del Rio South - Mission Valley

San Diego Coaliation for End of Life Care

July 23
(no-host reception)
8:00 (show)

Other dates (no discussion with Faye)

Play: The Quality of Life

A middle-aged couple live in a yurt in Northern California; he has cancer, their Midwestern cousins come to visit and are critical of their marijuana and end-of-life plans.

Followed by panel discussion with Faye Girsh.

Cost, Seniors, Hemlock Members: $25.
Enter coupon code SDEOLC0723 in order to get tickets for $25
Buy tickets online
San Diego Coalition for Improving End-of-Life Care
Carlsbad Village Theatre
2822 State St., Carlsbad, CA

The Hemlock Society of San Diego Logo August 16



Film Festival: La Grande Bouffe (The Big Feast),
This is a delightful French movie with Marcello Mastriani. Four gourmet chefs rent a chateau and cook amazing meals. What is going on here? If you ever thought about how it would be to eat yourself to death, this will amuse, enlighten, and entertain you. Trailer (French)

Cost: Free
Hemlock Society of San Diego
North University City Library, 8820 Judicial Dr
San Diego, CA 92122



ethics report

More Information on Life, Death and Pain from the Medscape Ethics Report


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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Archbishop Tutu Endorses Assisted Dying

In a recent statement to the London Observer Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa had this to say: “Yes, I think a lot of people would be upset if I said I wanted assisted dying. I would say I wouldn't mind actually….I have been fortunate to spend my life working for dignity for the living. Now I wish to apply my mind to the issue of dignity for the dying. I revere the sanctity of life—but not at any cost.”

And about his friend Nelson Mandela’s death: "You could see Madiba was not fully there. He did not speak. He was not connecting. My friend was no longer himself. It (his prolonged dying) was an affront to Madiba's dignity.”

2013 Death with Dignity
Annual Report
from Oregon Public Health Division

Once you are on the web page, click the link labeled "current report" to see the complete report for year 16.

World Right-to-Die Newsletter
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