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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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Upcoming Events

Bring your friends and family!


Vital Aging 2017


June 2

8:30 am-2:30 pm


Visit the Hemlock Society of San Diego at our booth at the Liberty Station location.

Learn tips for improving and maintaining health through balanced nutrition, exercising for a purpose, caring for yourself while caring for others, and general brain health.

Free Round Trip Transportation is available through Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation (FACT). Rides may be individual or shared based on availability. Reservations must be secured by May 30. To make a reservation, call FACT at (888) 924-3228 and mention "Vital Aging" and the location you wish to attend. Please note you will also need to register for the event itself by visiting or 1-(800) 827-4277.


Sponsor: The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Aging & Independence Services
Cost: Free
Location: The Hemlock Booth will be at the McMillin Center, Liberty Station, 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106. Three other satellite locations are available, see the flyer.


Me Before You

The Hemlock Society of San Diego Logo

Sunday, June 18


Hemlock Chat Afterwards


A 2016 American-British film shot in beautiful British settings. A young handsome, wealthy man confined to a wheel chair, wants to end his life at Dignitas in Switzerland. Love develops with his caregiver; she is strenuously opposed to his hastening his death. See what happens! Learn about Dignitas.

Discussion to follow. When is it time to leave? How much should you consider others' feelings? Would Dignitas work for you? Should disabled people be offended? What about marriage for this man?

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego

Location: Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, Next to Ikea

Cost: Free

Trolley to the Library !
The green line runs every 15-30 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


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

Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA)
Awareness of Death and Personal Mortality: Implications for Anthropogeny

To see the complete list of individual presentations, and links to the videos, on the CARTA site,
click here and click on the talk of interest.



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.

more info




Featured Articles

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

Click here to see additional articles.


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