Hemlock Society Right-to-Die Video Library
March 19, 2017 - What If Your Heart Stops?
January 17, 2017 - Brittany Maynard's Mom Talks About her Daughter's Life and Chosen Death
November 20, 2016 Hemlock Society Meeting - Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) as a way to Hasten Death
Speaker: Mitsuo Tomita, M.D. Mits is long-time member of the Hemlock Society of San Diego and a physician retired from Kaiser . Dr. Tomita shared with us some of the findings from the first (as far as we know) conference ever held on VSED (vee-sed). It was mentioned in the talk that VSED can sometimes be faster (usually 6-13 days) than using the law when you consider the time spent trying to find willing doctors and waiting the required waiting times.
We apologize that the video of this talk is not available due to technical issues. Click this link to see a .pdf file of the slide presentation.
Phyllis Shachter's husband used VSED. She has a excellent website on choice in dying.
September 18, 2016 Hemlock Society Meeting - Canada's New Assisted Dying Law More Advanced Than the U.S
Speaker: Dr. Derryck Smith, Past President of the BC Medical Association and a past board member of the Canadian Medical Association. Dr. Smith is a Clinical Professor Emeritus with the Department of Psychiatry and is active in clinical teaching of medical students and residents. He is a past president of the Medical Legal Society and was Chair of the Board for the Greater Vancouver Mental Health Services Society and is a Dying With Dignity Canada Board Member.
July 17, 2016 Hemlock Society Meeting - Stroke and End-of-Life Care
Stroke is in the top 5 most common causes of death in the U.S. Many persons have a range of disabilities following a stroke. Learn about strokes and how they effect people, and the importance of quick treatment after a stroke. Advance Directives are particularlly important in case of stroke, due to the sudden event.
May 17, 2016 Hemlock Society Meeting - If You Don't Qualify For The End Of Life Option Act What Then?
Sally Hall, M.D., exit guide and member of the medical advisory committee of The Final Exit Network (FEN), provided information on the Final Exit Network, what it does, who is eligible, and the recommended procedures. She talks about dementia, depression and electro-shock therapy.
Bob Uslander, M.D, a holistic hospice and palliative care doctor and patient advocate talks about hospice, the limitations of hospice, voluntary stopping eating and drinking (VSED) and terminal sedation. He explains his unique medical care management practice.
March, 2016 Hemlock Society Meeting - Memory Care Units, Advanced Directives, End of Life
Discussion of the importance of advance directives, discussion of the provisions of it with your family and whether a memory care unit will honor those wishes and what the units are legally required to do. Dr. Stanley Terman also spoke about his Living Will.
January, 2016 Hemlock Society Meeting
Washington State's Death with Dignity Law and how it works was discussed with Robb Miller, former Executive Director of End of Life Washington (formerly Compassion and Choices) and Stefanie Elkins, California Medical Outreach Director.
The California End of Life Option Act is similar to the Washington law, but there are some differences. Under both laws, a diagnosis of 6 months or less to live is a requirement for eligibility, leaving many people unable to take advantage of this law.
Many people with terminal illnesses wait until they are in hospice and quite near the end of their lives before discussing aid in dying with their physician. Because of the legal built-in required waiting periods between requests for aid-in-dying, many people do not allow enough time to complete the process to obtain life-ending medication. For those interested in this option, it is recommended to start the process as soon as a terminal diagnosis is received. You are not required to take the medication, you can change your mind at any time. Having the medication gives many people peace of mind.
All aid in dying laws require the patient to self-administer the life ending medication and require a defined legal process. A physician is required. Physicians (and institutions) are permitted to opt-out of the process if they desire; finding resources can be problematic. As Robb succinctly pointed out, euthanasia (where someone delivers life ending medication TO you) is only available in the United States for those who don't want it - those sentenced to capital punishment. Robb also notes that since Washington's law passed in 1998, there has not been one instance of coercion reported, but many people have been coerced into staying alive.
Nov., 2015 Hemlock Society Meeting
Part 2, the Q&A session:
Video Q&A discusses:
Sept., 2015 Hemlock Society meeting
May 17th, 2015 Hemlock Society meeting
March, March 15, 2015: Pioneers of the Right To Die Movement
March, 2015, informal discussion between Faye Girsh and Derek Humphry on the right to die movement.
History of Right to Die Movement Informal Discussion, 2015
24 and Ready to Die