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The Hemlock Society of San Diego is a 30 year old 501 (c)(3), not for profit, volunteer, educational organization. Our mission is to provide education to the San Diego community about all end of life choices. We believe that people should be able to die consistent with their own beliefs and values and with proper, current information. We are funded by private donations and membership fees which are tax deductible. Legacies are welcome and should be directed to the Hemlock Society of San Diego.

The Mission of the Hemlock Society of San Diego:

Choice, Dignity and Control at the end of life.

What We Do

  • Educate the San Diego community about end of life choices with public meetings six times a year. We have heard from Derek Humphry, author of Final Exit; from Neal Nicol, biographer of Jack Kevorkian; from Dick Mac Donald MD, Medical Advisor, Final Exit Network and many more.
  • Provide speakers on the subject of the California End of Life Option Act , advance directives and other topics related to the right to die issues.
  • Support options for a humane, self-determined death by contributing to campaigns for law reform, legal defense, and the World Federation of Right to Die Societies.
  • Publish newsletter with information about developments worldwide six times a year.
  • Bring like-minded people together to discuss end-of-life choices.
  • Provide resource information such as international books, pamphlets, DVDs.
  • We are proud members of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies.


What We Believe

A Manifesto Concerning an Individual’s Right to Choose to Die
By Derek Humphry, founder of the Hemlock Society

In a spirit of compassion for all, this manifesto proclaims that every competent adult has the incontestable right to humankind’s ultimate civil and personal liberty — the right to die in a manner and at a time of their own choosing.

Suicide no longer being a crime, it is unacceptable to prosecute well-meaning people for assisting a suicide.

Medically hastened death by request should be made lawful as it is now in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the American states of California, Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana (each has different rules).

Views on the dying process contrary to those expressed in this manifesto are respected, but must not trump the autonomy of the dying person’s own decisions.

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