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Stories about end-of-life issues, death with dignity, and the Right to Die movement

Nothing Left Unsaid

If you ever find it difficult to talk about your last wishes with your loved ones, this podcast from a mother and her son contains some surprising lessons. At age…

Poll: Majority of nurses in Finland would legalise euthanasia

A citizens’ initiative calling for the legalisation of euthanasia in Finland received the required 50,000 signatures in March and will now proceed to parliament to be debated by MPs. A previous attempt…

The last doctor: Assisted dying pioneer tells her patients’ stories

A new book is available by a Canadian MAID provider, Dr. Jean Marmoreo, is now available at your favorite bookseller. The book explores the stories of patients who asked Dr.…

In Delaware, a Medical Aid in Dying bill just passed the state House of Representatives and is now up for consideration by the state Senate. If you live in Delaware,…

A shout out to the Hemlock Society and an interesting POV from Texas

Suicide is a sensitive subject in America. People bristle at the thought. Though organizations like The Hemlock Society have tried to champion the right to decide one’s own fate, Americans…

For terminal patients, dying in California may get easier

California could become home to the nation’s most sweeping assisted dying policies with a new bill that would allow dementia patients and out-of-state residents to end their lives here. To…

‘We need to talk about choice’: woman who ended life at Dignitas urges change to UK law

Her decision to talk about her journey adds to the growing public pressure for reform – including from figures such as Jonathan Dimbleby, whose brother Nicholas recently died with motor…

Opinion: My advice for terminally ill Latinos like me: You have options

By José Alejandro Lemuz  “I am dying from prostate cancer that has spread to my bones. But it’s comforting to know that I will likely soon die gently because I…

California Senator Introduces New Bill to Expand Medical Aid in Dying!

Through the efforts of Hemlock Society members, who formed a grassroots politicaly lobbying organization called A Better Exit, State Senator Catherine Blackspear has introduced a bill that would expand access…

Solving for X at the End of Life

“Here is what we learned: We are failing at dying. Instead of a time for growth, deep connection, reflection and deliverance, our ends of life are consumed by petty distractions…

Dementia and Medical Aid in Dying

Australia’s former Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, discusses dementia and the right to Voluntary Assisted Dying in an emotional and compelling interview. Listen to the 8-minute broadcast here: Click here

‘Duo euthanasia’: In the Netherlands, a famous couple chooses to die together

“I feel like it’s kind of beautiful, honestly, that you’ve lived your life together, you both happen to be gravely ill without a chance of getting better, you’re ready to…

Arizona man accused of assisting in a suicide in New York charged with manslaughter

Miller, who voluntarily surrendered, pleaded not guilty, posted bail and returned to Arizona, according to his attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman. “He’s an 85-year-old man who simply wanted to provide comfort and…

Autistic Dutch woman, 28, who suffered with ME, dies at home by assisted suicide after sharing devastating last post saying: ‘Saturday will be my final day’

Lauren’s extreme suffering at only 28 years-old was more harrowing and devasting than her final message. It seems she was at peace for the first time in 5 years and…

How Planning My Death at 52 Helped Me Learn More About How I Wanted to Live

At 52 years-old, she can no longer bear the constant suffering of her deteriorating body. Taking control of her death is the one thing she can do to allow her…

The Facts About Nitrogen Hypoxia by Dr. Philip Nitschke

After the botched execution by Nitrogen gas in Alabama, please read this article by Dr. Philip Nitschke, co-author of The Peaceful Pill Handbook, to learn what Alabama got wrong and…

Will Tennessee Be The Next State to Legalize MAiD?

One Tennessee lawmaker wants to give Tennesseans the “right to die.” Rep. Bob Freeman (D-Nashville) filed a bill in the General Assembly this month that would create a process for…

HSSD Member Publishes Op Ed in The Sacramento Bee

Marcia Hofer is a life member of the Hemlock Society, dedicated political activist, and Founding President of A Better Exit (ABE). Her organization’s mission is to expand California’s End of…

Ya”l Braun-Pivet Advocates for Assisted Dying: A Global Conversation

A French politican speaks out to the world with her support for assisted dying as a controversy continues around the world. Her voice is important to all of us.   Click…

Between Life and Death: Terri Schiavo’s Story – Currently Streaming on Peacock

A new documentary, currently streaming on Peacock, examines the prolonged legal battles and national controversy over whether to keep Terri alive in a persistent vegetative state or disconnect her feeding…

Palliative Care Team’s Reports on VSED Reflect Burden on Clinicians, Patients

This is an interesting report from Germany on how caring for terminal cancer patients who choose VSED to hasten their death impacts their clinical caregivers. It’s an area that may…

Voluntary Assisted Dying Now Legal in New South Wales, Australia

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Assisted dying ‘allowed me to mostly forget’ fears, says Aussie man hit by brain tumour

When a compassionate, legal option is available, people are not forced to spend their last days, weeks, or months living with agonzing pain and fear. Good on ya, Australia!  Click here…

MAID Legislation is Debated in Connecticut at Yale University

Panelists Stephen Latham, director of Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Thaddeus Pope, bioethicist and professor at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and Jules Good, a disability justice activist and…

In the shadows of compassion: The aid in dying debate in California

A local San Diego news station aired a segment on differing viewpoints of Medical Aid in Dying. Dr. Bob Uslander is featured in the report and presents some important facts.…

A Time to Die

A Time to Die is a new documentary film currently airing in the UK on ITV1. The film begins by noting that over 425 million people around the world now have…

From Australia: Two Years On, End of Life Act Brings Bittersweet for Patients and the Families They Leave Behind

“People are extremely grateful that this service is available to them and are very grateful to the people who are providing that service, when it’s not an easy task for…

Alabama Court Okays Execution by Nitrogen

This development was shared with us by a member. It will be interesting to see if it has any effect on our movement. Click here to read full article

My Dying Mom Confessed to Euthanizing My Grandma. Should I Tell My Family?

The New York Times Magazine’s Ethicist columnist on the complications of honoring a deathbed request.  Click here to read full article

End of Life Solutions | ‘Dr. Death’ Created Social Awareness of Assisted Suicide. Where Are We Now?

The video includes a great interview with our former board president, Barry Price! Click here to watch the video

Do the Majority of Disabled People Really Feel Threatened by Medical Aid in Dying?

An alarming Op Ed piece recently appeared in Newsweek (September 11, 2023) stating that California’s End of Life Option Act (EOLOA) violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the…

People Should Be Able to Die on Their Own Terms

This is an excellent Op Ed by Peter Sussman published in the Orange County Register addressing the current lawsuit against California’s End of Life Option Act by a coalition of…

Fighting For the Right to Die – Maia Calloway

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Disabled Connecticut Woman Speaks Out For Medical Aid in Dying

“For years now, I’ve been testifying before the Delaware General Assembly, pleading with lawmakers to pass “The Ron Silverio/Heather Block End of Life Options Law” (House Bill 140), which would…

Remembering Ken Marshall Watson – 9/7/1921 – 8/18/2023

Ken Watson was a Hemlock Society board member for several years specializing in filming our meetings, interviewing and often hosting our guests, and helping with all things video. His apartment…

Alabama seeks to be first to use nitrogen in executions

We thank our member who shared this news story with us. Click here to read full article

Alzheimer’s: do we focus too much on new treatments?

It is estimated that nearly 500,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s disease will be diagnosed this year in the United States. Every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. MAID…

I am dying at age 49. Here’s why I have no regrets.

A beautifully written and touching story. Click here to read full article

‘My mother planned her own death for a long time. Why didn’t I believe her?’

When her mother killed herself, Natasha Walter realised she had been living in denial. In a gripping memoir, she reveals how she came to understand the strong, rebellious woman behind…

Changes in California’s Medical Aid in Dying Law Spur 47% Jump in Use

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California Department of Public Health Report on MAiD for 2022

California End of Life Option Act Report 2022 Data Report

End-of-life Care And Other Palliative Solutions.

Understanding the difference between hospice and palliative care.   Click here to watch the video

A Fact Checked Debate on Euthanasia in Canada

Dr. Stefanie Green, Canadian MAID provider and past HSSD speaker, debates Canada’s MAID law with Dr. John Maher, a Canadian psychiatrist. The points raised are important and relevant to the…

Some anorexia patients want the right to die. A few doctors are willing to listen

 “An oft-cited 2002 article created what’s been nicknamed the rule of thirds: one-third of those with anorexia recover completely, one-third improve and one-third remain chronically ill or die. Just as importantly,…

“When You Read This Article, I Will be Dead”

This is a beautifully written farewell from a Spanish journalist to his readers before he traveled back to Spain to die by euthanasia.  Click here for full story

Alzheimer’s Death by VSED

A Minnesota woman with Alzheimer’s disease chose to end her life by voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) and wanted to make her story public. Click here for full story

Good Report on MAID in Colorado

A 47-year-old Colorado man suffering with ALS explains why he has chosen to use Medical Aid in Dying. Click here for full story

Landmark moment for Australia as young woman, 23, prepares to take her own life under euthanasia laws because of disorder that keeps her in a constant state of ‘excruciating pain’

A young woman who is unable to move and battles ‘excruciating’ pain from a rare condition will use euthanasia laws to end her own life. Lily Thai, 23, will die on…

Predicting bereavement outcomes of medical aid in dying

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For many, a ‘natural death’ may be preferable to enduring CPR

“In 2010 a review of 79 studies, involving almost 150,000 patients, found that the overall rate of survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest had barely changed in thirty years. It was…

‘Last  Flight  Home’ Director on Becoming a “Death With Dignity” Activist After Father’s Final Moments

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Artist chose medically-assisted death and wanted Canadians to witness the entire process

Click Here to see what doctor-administered euthanasia looks like in Canada.

New York State: Exploring the ‘Death with Dignity’ debate for the terminally ill

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Victoria’s Secret Model Becomes Lightning Rod in Euthanasia Debate

A Victoria’s Secret model is the subject of online discussion after publicly sharing the journey of her Canadian grandmother, who is terminally ill and wants to pursue what she describes…

Important Information Regarding California Adult and Senior Care Licensees and the End of Life Option Act

Please read this memo carefully to know your rights if you are a patient in a licensed California adult or senior care facility.  EOLOA adult care licenses 04-19-2023

Here’s where human composting is legal, and the states still considering it

The state of Washington that first legalized human composting — otherwise referred to as natural organic reduction — in 2019. Colorado and Oregon legalized the green burial method in 2021. Vermont and California followed suit in 2022,…

Vermont Gov. Scott signs bill to allow medical aid in dying for nonresidents

The bill was prompted in part by a Connecticut woman with cancer who sued the state last summer claiming its residency requirement violated the Constitution’s commerce clause. She reached a…

Hospices not complying with state law

Sixteen months after California began requiring health care providers, including home health agencies and hospices, to post on their websites their medical aid in dying policies, only a handful are…

They’re Severely Mentally Ill. Is It Ethical to Help Them Die?

New York Times podcast on YouTube:  Click Here to Listen

Daniel Ellsberg Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer – A Letter to the Editor by Faye Girsh

As most of you may recall, Daniel Ellsberg (born April 7, 1931) is an American political activist, and former United States military analyst. While employed by the RAND Corporation, Ellsberg precipitated a national political…

Hospice for Jimmy Carter – Letter to the S.D. Union Tribune by Faye Girsh

In 2015, Former President Jimmy Carter announced he had been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma (cancer) – found during a surgery on his liver – that had spread to his brain.…

I’m a Solo-Ager and I’ve Hired a Death Doula

This is a very information story by an 80 year-old journalist diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer and COPD revealing her reasons for hiring a death doula. Click here for…

Vermont permits woman from another state to end her life via assisted suicide

A decision was reached in a Vermont court allowing a woman from Connecticut to receive MAID there. Oregon is the only other state that allows MAID for nonresidents. Click here…

Catholic health care restrictions lead WA Legislature to eye changes

After years of unchecked mergers, nearly half of Washington state’s hospital beds are in Catholic-affiliated facilities. There, Catholic rules inhibit — or prohibit — aid in dying, abortion, certain fertility…

Helen Mirren & Donald Sutherland Discuss “The Leisure Seeker”

Click Here to watch an interesting discussion of our February Right-to-Die film selection, The Leisure Seeker, by its two legendary stars, Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. Join us for a…

Why writing a will and planning your death is a lifetime gift to loved ones

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Wife fatally shoots terminally ill husband at Daytona Beach Hospital, Police Say

This incident is a tragic example of why better end-of-life options are needed in all U.S. states. Click here for full story

Canada prepares to expand assisted death amid debate

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Netflix Short Documentary – Extremis

Currently playing on Nextflix, Extremis is a 24-minute documentary that deals with real dying patients in a hospital who are on life support and the hard decisions their families have…

Ondi Timoner Talks About Her New Documentary “Last Flight Home”

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A Son’s Decision to Help His Father Die

A very interesting story about the decision to use VSED. Note that a Catholic chaplain refused to minister to the patient because he had chosen to die this way. Click…

How Hospice Became A For-Profit Hustle

An eye-opening examination of the profit-driven hospice industry: Click Here For more information on San Diego area hospices and which ones have complied with the state law on posting their…

World Federation of Right to Die Societies Interactive Map

WFRtDS worldquotes DEF Click on the pictures of people to read their RTD story.  

Widow who paid £10,000 for terminally ill husband to die in Switzerland calls on UK to change its euthanasia laws

‘The shame about it is that had the UK law been in place then those four years would have been so much more pleasant because he would have known that…

The Place Where Homeless People Come to Die With Dignity

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Dutch Activists Sue Government Over Assisted Suicide

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Dr. Phil Show On the Right to Die Aired Oct 13, 2022

Among the guests were Philip Nitschke, founder of Exit International, Thaddeus Pope, expert on medical law and clinical ethics, and Dan Diaz who traveled to Oregon with his terminally wife,…

World Right to Die Day November 2 and World Federation Conference

World Right to Die Day is celebrated November 2nd in participating countries around the world. The celebration was founded in France at the World Federation of Right to Die Societies…

Human Rights Court Sides With Belgium in Euthanasia Case

The Belgian state didn’t violate the rights of a person suffering from depression when it accepted her decision to go ahead with a euthanasia procedure, the European Court of Human…

California will allow human composting as alternative to cremation or burial

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Patient sues Vermont over assisted suicide restrictions

A terminally-ill Connecticut woman is suing Vermont to drop their residency requirement for physician-assisted suicide. Bridgeport resident Lynda Bluestein, in addition to a Vermont physician, filed a lawsuit in the…

Faye Girsh Will Speak at the La Jolla Riford Senior Center 9/22/22 from 1 – 3 pm

Choice, Dignity and Control at the End of Life This two-hour discussion group will give you the tools for making and communicating your choices at the end of life. We…

France to open debate on legalizing assisted suicide

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a national debate meant to broaden end-of-life options. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/france-open-debate-legalizing-assisted-suicide-89824039

Jean-Luc Godard chose to end life through assisted dying, lawyer confirms

Jean-Luc Godard, the maverick French-Swiss director who revolutionised post-war cinema in Europe, died by assisted dying, his lawyer has confirmed. The medical report on the death of the 91-year-old director said he…

An Interview with Joanne Tubbs Kelly, Author of “Walking Him Home: Helping My Husband Die with Dignity”

Click here to read the interview. https://www.5280.com/2022/08/author-joanne-tubbs-kelly-talks-about-helping-her-husband-die-with-dignity-in-colorado/

Voice Your Choice to Broaden California’s End of Life Option Act

Click here to learn more about the effort to expand the California EOLOA and how you can help.  https://broadenchoice.org/

Hospices Have Become Big Business for Private Equity Firms, Raising Concerns About End-of-Life Care

“That makes dementia patients particularly profitable. Doctors have a harder time predicting whether a patient with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia has less than six months to live,…

Terminally-ill Connecticut grandma who’s suing Vermont over rule banning visitors from it’s assisted dying program says mom’s horrific cancer death inspired her lawsuit

“It is the second legal filing of its kind in America, with Oregon previously agreeing that they would allow people from out of state to access their facilities without prosecuting…

The Case for Medical Aid in Dying

A Maryland psychiatrist presents rational arguments in favor of medical aid in dying.  Full Article

Aggregating 23 Years of Data on Medical Aid in Dying

Over 23 years, 5329 patients died by MAID, while 8451 received a prescription. More men than women died by MAID (53.1% vs. 46.9%), and non-Hispanic white individuals (95.6%) died by MAID…

Switzerland helped my wife die with dignity; she should have been given relief here

Click here for full story Many thanks to Maia for sharing this story with us.

Hearing Today on California EoLOA Lawsuit

A hearing today will decide if California’s End of Life Option Act will be put on hold while a lawsuit by the Christian Medical and Dental Association moves forward. The…

Death With Dignity Podcast

We’d like to share this great series of podcasts recorded by Andrew Flack in Oceanside, CA. He describes his project as “the story of a 33 year old man with…

Denying Patients Physician-Assisted Suicide is a Civil Rights Issue

Please take a few minutes to read this editorial and watch the compelling video that was sent to us by Maia Calloway. https://progressive.org/latest/denying-patients-assisted-suicide-civil-right-wilder-220623/

Judge Rules California Aid-In-Dying Law Does Not Discriminate Against Disabled People

Very disappointing news. A federal judge said he cannot allow an Americans with Disabilities Act carveout to California’s assisted suicide law that would let doctors assist people too weak or…

What Oncology Nurses Should Understand About Medical Aid in Dying

Should oncology nurses only be familiar with these laws if they live in a state where it is legal? How might nurses support a patient who wants MAiD, yet lives…

Sean Davison is Free and Launches a New Book

On 20 June 2022, former President of the WFRtDS Professor Sean Davison concluded his sentence of 3 years house arrest in Cape Town after taking a ‘guilty’ plea deal for…

Roundtable Death Cafe on June 29th

The Completed Life Initiative is launching a new Round Table Death Cafe series via Webex beginning Wednesday, June 29th at 9:00am Pacific Time/12:00pm Eastern Time. For more information and to…

Downloadable Health Care Directive Form for Dementia

https://dementia-directive.org/

Italy Sees First Assisted Suicide After Years of Court Battles

Many thanks to Sharon for bringing this news story to our attention. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/975717?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=293249FX&impID=4346246&faf=1  

Quebec Bill Would Enable MAiD for Alzheimer’s

A bill proposed in Quebec would include dementia patients in legal assisted dying. It will be interesting to watch how it goes as a potential model for legislative change in…

California Dept. of Public Health EOLOA Forms and Information

The California Department of Health Center for Health Statistics and information has an informative webpage on the End of Life Option Act for patients and providers. It includes a downloadable…

New Survey Findings on Nurses’ Values and Perspectives on MAID

The American Nurses Association’s Center For Ethics and Human Rights and the University of California, San Diego Health released the results from two new comprehensive studies of more than 2,374…

Upcoming TV Show on Swedish Death Cleaning

NBC’s Peacock streaming service has ordered unscripted series The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, which is based on the best-selling book by Margareta Magnusson.  According to Peacock, the series will star a “Swedish…

State Right-to-Die Statutes

Death with Dignity is a national leader in end-of-life advocacy and policy reform.  Their website provides an interactive map of the U.S. with current information on their RTD laws and…

Colorado Composts its First Human Remains

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colorado-composts-its-first-human-remains-180979771/

Oregon ends residency rule for medical aid in dying

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/oregon-ends-residency-rule-medically-assisted-suicide-rcna21932?fbclid=IwAR3H8TwESh3hY3WnfR2eNXstDmhAND424paeTB_IPxk_1xX4mTFz_CRxeBI

California Advance Health Care Directive Online Form

Your California AHCD can be filled out online. The form and instructions are available on this link: https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/consumers/ProbateCodeAdvancedHealthCareDirectiveForm-fillable.pdf After completing this form, print it and sign and date the form…

Our New Mailing Address

Please note our new mailing address: Hemlock Society of San Diego P.O. Box 600481 San Diego, CA 92160

New Video: A Visit to Pegasos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giTet2PLneU In this video, Christie shares the personal story of her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at age 88.  With no prospect of improvement, Christie’s mother decided to…

3-D Printed Suicide Pod is Now Legal in Switzerland

https://interestingengineering.com/a-3d-printed-assisted-suicide-pod-is-now-legal-in-switzerland?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=mailing&utm_campaign=Newsletter-06-12-2021 The inventor of the Sarco, Dr. Philip Nitschke, will be our guest speaker live on Zoom at our meeting on January 16, 2022 at 1:30pm. The link to register…

Changes in California’s End of Life Option Act Taking Effect in January

New California Law Eases Aid-in-Dying Process

Human Composting

For anyone interested eco-friendly burial, this is a very informative video from Caitlin Doughty at The Order of the Good Death.

Final Exodus – Advance Planning for a Good Death

Final Exodus will teach you how to think, talk, and write about your plans for a good death. Valuable information and the latest AHCD and POLST forms are provided on…

Assisted dying now legal in New Zealand, End of Life Choice Act a ‘huge relief’ for some

“We have to remember people who are eligible are already dying, this is just the way that they die – not the fact they will die.” https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/euthanasia-debate/300443715/assisted-dying-now-legal-in-new-zealand-end-of-life-choice-act-a-huge-relief-for-some

Good News for Californians!

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2021-11-04/lawsuit-briefly-blocking-california-assisted-death-law-ends

What Ways Can You Die When You’ve Had Enough of Life

What Ways Can You Die When You’ve Had Enough of Life?

Dr Rodney Syme has died aged 86 – The VE Movement Has Lost a Giant

Many Hemlockers may not know Rodney, but he was a towering voice.  Faye interviewed him at length in a recent presentation, Current Issues in the Right to Die: Australia. He…

These people want to die. Will their countries allow euthanasia?

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/people-want-die-will-countries-allow-euthanasia-rcna3307?fbclid=IwAR1JowKHVmEkCH_FAKZy-7UVmpboWLHmdnyjP8LjtfT3H-Q0-wPTfPM2QpE

What’s Wrong With Advance Care Planning?

Viewpoint What’s Wrong With Advance Care Planning? October 8, 2021 R. Sean Morrison, MD1,2; Diane E. Meier, MD1; Robert M. Arnold, MD3 Author Affiliations Article Information JAMA. Published online October 8, 2021. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.16430 Advance care planning (ACP) has emerged during the…

Governor Newsom Signs SB 380!!

https://www.fresnobee.com/news/california/article254793857.html

California Passes Major Hospice Reform Laws

https://hospicenews.com/2021/10/05/california-passes-major-hospice-reform-laws/  

Head of Dutch RTD Group Detained

https://apnews.com/article/europe-health-crime-netherlands-assisted-suicide-54fd090d8a261723b9a04bcb8fea08f4

Sandy Morris Challenges California Law

September 19, 2021 Sandy Morris Challenges California Law Lisa Krieger, Mercury News Sandy Morris Challenges California Law – But How? Sandy Morris challenges California law because when found out she…

California State Assembly Passes SB 380

https://www.recordnet.com/story/news/state/2021/09/11/california-moves-extend-streamline-process-assisted-death/8298243002/

Happy 100th Birthday to Our Board Member Ken Watson!

https://www.lajollalight.com/news/story/2021-09-04/la-jolla-centenarian-retired-la-jolla-physicist-ken-watson-celebrates-a-century-of-having-fun

New Lawsuit Challenges Self-Administration in EOLOA

A group of doctors has just filed a lawsuit California challenging the self-administration requirement of the EOLOA. The complaint filed on 8/27/2021 states: “However, there is one group of Californians…

Your Experiences, Please

We’d like to hear about your experiences with loved ones, or yourself, trying to or using VSED (Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking) and also using the End of Life Option…

Support CA SB 380

SB 380, the bill in the California State Legislature that would liberalize the End of Life Option Act in several important ways, is currently in The State Assembly Appropriations Committee…

NEW VIDEO – Current Issues in the RTD: Australia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6k4Y5MbX0Y A discussion on right-to-die issues and laws in Australia led by Faye Girsh with speakers from Australia presented on July 8, 2021,

NEW Video – Current Issues in the Right to Die: Switzerland

This program was held on June 24, 2021 via Zoom. It is first in a series of presentations by Faye Girsh and Ken Watson on Current Issues in the Right…

New Book: Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking edited by Timothy E. Quill, Paul T. Menzel, Thaddeus Pope, and Judith K. Schwarz. 

Available for pre-order and will ship July July 27, 2021. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/voluntarily-stopping-eating-and-drinking-9780190080730?lang=en&cc=ca#

Stanford Letter Project

Using the Stanford What-Matters-Most letter form and answering some simple questions, any adult can write about what matters most to them when it comes to their healthcare choices they want…

Forms: Advance Health Care Directive, Covid-19 Addendum, And POLST

Advance Health Care Directive Form Covid-19 Advance Health Care Directive Addendum Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment

The Father . . . a film to spark a movement ???

By Anne M. Haule, Hemlock Society Member and Volunteer Recently I went to a movie theater and saw my first movie in over 14 months of pandemic. It was so…

American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying

A resource for patient-to-doctor referrals for medical aid in dying and educational information for clinical practitioners. https://www.acamaid.org/

We Are All One “Bad Death” Away From Becoming Right To Die Advocates

By Anne Haule, Member, Hemlock Society It’s been almost 10 years, but I still cry when I think or talk about Larry’s death. I can’t get the picture out of…

The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die

The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die by Katie Engelhart, 2021 Review by Faye Girsh While thousands were dying from Covid 19, assisted dying laws were passed in Spain,…

Dutch Push for Demedicalisation of Euthanasia Laws

April 11, 2021 (From Exit International) The Coöperatie Laatste Wil (CLW), together with thirty Dutch citizens, is taking the Dutch State to court to create the legal right for voluntary,…

Medical Emergency: The Church-State Wall Has Collapsed When It Comes To End-Of-Life Care

Kim Callinan of Compassion and Choices writes about the ways the Catholic Church’s Ethical and Religious Directives (ERD’s) govern what kind of treatment you will receive (or NOT) at Catholic…

I’m the Doctor Who Is Here to Help You Die

In an article adapted from the newly-released book “The Inevitable,” Dr. Lonny Shavelson, Chairman of the American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying talks about his experiences prescribing life-ending…

Right of Way

Bette Davis and James Stewart star in this 1983 film as an aging couple who have decided to end their lives together after the wife is diagnosed with a debilitating…

Death with Dignity: How I helped my dad die

A daughter’s story of her father’s decision to end his life when he lost his independence and freedom due to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He…

Do you know if your hospital has directives that would force you to receive unwanted treatment at end of life?

January 16 marks Religious Freedom Day. While people’s spiritual beliefs take on heightened meaning at the end of their life, religious freedom at this time is unfortunately an aspiration, not…

Soylent Green

This ecological dystopian thriller film portrays the year 2022. The cumulative effects of overpopulation, pollution and some apparent climate catastrophe have caused severe worldwide shortages of food, water and housing.…

The Farewell Pary (Israel)

This is a wonderful Israeli movie telling a unique, compassionate and surprisingly funny story of a group of folks at a Jerusalem retirement community who decide to help their terminally…

In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Common, Survival Poor, in COVID-19

Medscape reported on two studies of in-hospital cardiac arrest in Covid patients. In a report from William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, 60 of 1309 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 (4.6%)…

How Doctors Redefined Death. Is it as binary as it seems?

by Rohin Francis, MBBS, Medlife Crisis Modern technology has blurred the lines of life and death to a confusing extent. Heart transplant operations changed the definition of death. The external…

That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour by Sunita Puri

At the end of her training in internal medicine, Dr Puri was doubting the professional choice she had made, questioning if medicine was really what she wanted to do with…

Guzaarish

This is a visually stunning film shot in an elegant Goa mansion about a handsome young show man who has become a quadriplegic and his devoted, gorgeous nurse (who dresses…

Limitations of Palliative Care

Retired Palliative Care Nursing Supervisor Beverley Young talks about the limitations of Palliative Care in New Zealand

Being Patient: Alzheimer’s

58 year old Kelly Bone, with early onset Alzheimer’s, discusses her plans to go to a clinic for euthanasia. One of the requirements for all of the US medical aid…

Education is the Key for End of Life Choices

Drew Schlosberg interviews Barry Price, Ph.D., President and Faye Girsh, EdD, Founder, of the Hemlock of Society of San Diego for Spotlight on the Community radio program. They discuss the…

An Appearance on KUSI by our Medical Advisory Chair Regarding our Covid-19 Specific Advance Directive

Hunt Kooiker, MD, MPH, Chair of the Hemlock Society of San Diego’s Medical Advisory Committee, appeared on KUSI with Logan Byrnes to discuss end of life directives, particularly important in…

Patient Rights Eroded as Pendulum Swings to More Rights for Institutions

This important discussion highlights the ways in which faith-based institutions impose religious value based treatment decisions on doctors and patients. Most often, patients enter faith-based institutions without any idea that…

What You Should Know Before You Need a Ventilator

Covid-19 can cause Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) in which oxygen levels plunge and breathing is impossible without a ventilator. Unless there is an advance directive stating that the patient…

First Conference on Clinician Training for Medical Aid in Dying

The conference was held in Berkeley, CA on 2/13-15/2020.   Some things discussed: Drug protocols Dr. Shavelson, in conjunction with anesthesiologist Carol Parrot, have researched why some people – ‘outliers’ take…

A Short Stay in Switzerland

This movie mirrors the dilemma that many fear or face in our current culture. If you shared your decision to have a “peaceful death,” how do you perceive your loved…

Awareness During CPR

Zdogg relates a case of a 69 year old man who was subjected to 90 minutes of high-quality CPR during an ordeal in the hospital where he ultimately could not…

End of Life Choices

You have the right (in the U.S.): To be fully informed and involved in decisions about your medical care, including end of life care To refuse or withdraw unwanted medical…

Rosemary Bowen’s Self-Directed Death by Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED)

94-year old Rosemary Bowen experienced a loss of independence after a spinal compression fracture. She was clear throughout her life and after the compression fracture that once she was unable…

Canadian Medical Assistance in Dying: Dr Ellen Wiebe

A Friends at the End talk by Dr Ellen Wiebe, a Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) provider from Canada. Dr. Wiebe talks about the criteria for physician aid in dying…

Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die

Author Terry Pratchett, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008, visits people with serious disease considering ending their lives on their own terms. He talks with close family members about their feelings.…

It’s My Right: The Handmade Death of Herta Sturmann

This video shows a woman with congestive heart failure who chose to die by Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED), or Sterbefasten or Death Fast, as known in Germany. She…

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

December 15, 2019 – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Better Endings | The Islamic Perspective on End-of-Life Care

Dr. Ramy Salah, a hospice & palliative care clinical fellow at the University of California, San Francisco discusses end of life issues from an islamic perspective.

The Ventilator: Life, Death And The Choices We Make At The End

“What if the seemingly rational choices you prefer when you’re healthy no longer make sense to you when you’re actually confronting death?” This poignant story is told by the husband…

Addendum to Advance Health Care Instructions v 8 (addresses cognitive impairment)

You may consider adding wording similar to the below to your advance directive ( you DO have one, right ?) if you are concerned about being kept alive with severe…

Youth in Oregon

Frank Langella plays a retired doctor who is unwilling to endure further treatment for a hopeless heart condition. But when he announces his intention to travel from New York to…

How to Die in California

How to Die in California – expert speakers addressed the fundamentals of hospice, medical aid in dying, the Final Exit Network, and other exit options. The program begins with expert speakers addressing the fundamentals of hospice, medical aid in dying, the Final Exit Network, and other exit options. We see a compelling documentary of a 75 year old San Francisco resident using California’s End of Life Option Act.

Dutch doctor acquitted in landmark euthanasia case

The issue of advance directives for dementia is a hot topic in the right to die field. In the US there is little legal guidance on this issue. Ethicists argue…

The Inescapable Truth

Opponents of assisted dying often use as an argument that assisted dying is not necessary because good quality palliative care can alleviate suffering at end of life. This report from…

The Carer

August 18, 2019

What Happens When we Die?

“The more people engage and understand death and know where it’s heading … the better prepared the person is to be able to let go to the process, and the…

The questions surgeons need to ask their seniors before surgery

Judith Graham | Kevin Md, Conditions | August 13, 2019 This article talks about: “….a common complaint: Surgeons don’t help older adults and their families understand the impact of surgery…

Faye Girsh appeared on the “Living to 100 Club” radio hour with Joseph M. Casciani, PhD

Faye Girsh talks about end of life laws worldwide, documents necessary to increase your chances of a good death and medical aid in dying laws.

Cancer Medicine is Failing Us

Cancer is the #1 diagnosis for those taking advantage of medical (or physician) aid in dying. This could be simply because the prognosis (to achieve the required six months or…

Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking Is Legal—and Ethical—for Terminally Ill Patients Looking to Hasten Death

by Thaddeus Mason Pope, J.D. The Asco Post, June 25, 2018 Attorney and law professor Thad Pope discusses the fact that Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) is legally more…

Faye Girsh talks with KPBS about Rational Suicide

Founder of the Hemlock Society of San Diego, Faye Girsh, is interviewed by KPBS TV. They discuss the difference between rational suicide and the “normal” definition of suicide, which is a permanent solution to a temporary problem – and often involves violence and a death alone.

2018 Statistics – California’s End of Life Option Act

The 2019 Annual Report is now out For 2018 337 California individuals died from ingestion of aid-in-dying drugs, a rate of 12.6 per 10,000 deaths based on 268,4743 deaths to…

When “do no harm” is no longer textbook

by Jim Demaine, Md, KevinMD.com, July 7, 2019 A call came about noon a few years ago that a patient I’ll call Stella was being admitted once again. She had…

My Time To Die: Nick Ferrari Follows Dementia Patient To Swiss Clinic

Leading Britain’s Conversation – July 2, 2019 Every 8 days a briton travels abroad for help to die. An interview with an early onset Alzheimer’s patient and his plans to…

Philip Nitschke Makes the Point that Rational Suicide should be a right

Philip Nitschke makes the point that it is an illusion that patients have choice in Medical Aid in Dying. It is the doctor who decides and no one else. The…

What Does That DNR Really Mean? with Dr. Fred Mirarchi

ZDoggMD talks with emergency room physician Dr. Fred Mirarchi about misconceptions healthcare providers often have about living wills/POLSTS. Both doctors make a distinction between witnessed and unwitnessed cardiac arrests.

Miracle Machine Makes Heroic Rescues — And Leaves Patients In Limbo

Melissa Bailey, Kaiser Health News June 18, 2019 The latest miracle machine in modern medicine — whose use has skyrocketed in recent years — is saving people from the brink…

Paddleton

A “guy” way of looking at the end of life. It very nicely portrays the process of using California’s End of Life Option Act (EOLOA), how a person who is…

Do Not Resuscitate Orders In An Operating Room Setting

Many health care institutions have practices and policies which automatically suspend do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders when patients go to the operating room. Read more about DNR during surgery.

What It’s Like To Prescribe Aid-In-Dying Drugs

By Ryan Warner, Colorado Matters Podcast. May 1, 2019 A Colorado physician talks about medical aid in dying in Colorado. As he notes, you must ask about aid in dying.…

John L’Heureux on Death and Dignity

Writer John L’Heureux describes coming down with Parkinsons, and his decision to use California’s End of Life Option Act to end his life.

Endgame

Endgame is an award-winning documentary following the lives of people contemplating a medically assisted suicide in Switzerland. Tt shows the speed and ease of the intravenous method of medically assisted…

How to Make Doctors Think About Death

Opinion piece by Theresa Brown, hospice nurse. New York Times, April 27, 2019 A hospice nurses argues that lack of time is the main cause of over treatment at end…

When wishes are not respected at end of life

David Wood, MD, the Chief Medical Officer at Beaumont Health, describes the challenging experience he faced as the surrogate decision maker for his father at the end of life. “It’s…

I Accuse (Ich Klage An)

I Accuse is a classic and controversial German film from 1941 about euthanasia, or mercy killing. A doctor admits to administering a fatal overdose to his incurably ill wife and…

You Can Be Legally Dead In One Place And Alive In Another

Cardiopulmonary death is the traditional way to declare someone absolutely dead, but about 50 years ago Harvard scientists came up with a new way to be dead – brain dead.…

Deciding When a Life is No Longer Worth Living

by Joanne Faryon inewsource.org A report about the “vent farms” in Coronado, and the helpless people in it. In California, 4,000 men, women and children are being kept alive with…

Hospice didn’t stop suffering. But what it did for us was priceless.

by Dheeraj Raina, MD, psychiatrist  – Kevin MD – March 27, 2019 A physician explains the good death and the comfort that hospice provided to his young wife and their…

Finding Hope and Healing When Cure Is Not Possible

by MD Brad Stuart, Tracey Danaher, PhDb, Rana Awdish, MD, FCCPc, Leonard Berry, PhDd,e Mayo Clinic Proceedings XXX 2019, 1-9 This article examines how clinicians can help affected families find…

You are in the Process of Dying

by Dan Ayre – This.org – March 25, 2019 A husband relates the story of his wife’s experience with Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) in Manitoba, Canada. In Canada, different…

California’s Right-To-Die Law Still Has Some Kinks, Hearing Finds

By Sammy Caiola – capitol pubic radio – January 29, 2018 “Barbara Koenig, head of bioethics at the UC San Francisco, said bureaucracy can sometimes keep patients from exercising choice…

Belgian Catholic psychiatric hospitals ‘adjust’ their view of euthanasia

Belgian Catholic Brothers of Charity will allow euthanasia to take place in their psychiatric hospitals. “We take seriously unbearable and hopeless
suffering and patients’ request for euthanasia.”

The Doctors Who Invented a New Way to Help People Die

Excellent overview of how the drug formulas under Death with Dignity Laws came about. by Jennie Dear, The Atlantic, Jan 22, 2019

Her Time

By Katie Engelhart, The California Sunday Magazine, March 20, 2019 The story of Debra Koosed who was diagnosed with dementia at 65 and applied to end her life through the…

Lecretia Seales’ widower makes his case for death with dignity

by Matt Vickers – North & South, March 20, 2019 In Switzerland, providing the means for a person to take their own life is legal if done from non-selfish motives.…

The Leisure Seeker

Studies show that most people would want to die at home. BUT — not these two! Why not live it up in the time remaining rather than sit in a…

If A Doctor Calls Your Disease ‘Treatable,’ Beware. Here Are 10 Questions You Should Ask

By Barbara Coombs Lee, February 11, 2019 When Blake Nordstrom, one of the fourth-generation of his family to lead the Nordstrom department store chain, died in January at age 58,…

Canadian with bone cancer chooses assisted dying

This video features Dr. Stefanie Green, co-founder and current President of the Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers (CAMAP). Stefanie is medical advisor to the BC Ministry of Health…

Achieving a Peaceful Death

BASICS: Make sure those who are involved in your care know your wishes. Document this in your Advance Directive. Appoint someone to speak for you who knows and agrees with…

Longtime right-to-die activist Faye Girsh is retired, but not done talking about the issue

By John Wilkens – Union Tribune – Jan. 6, 2019 Faye Girsh is interviewed on the occasion of her stepping down from the Presidency of the Hemlock Society of San…

Why California Must Still Fight For Death With Dignity

President of the Hemlock Society, Barry Price, Ph.D., makes a good case for why the medical aid in dying law should be expanded.

Patients’ End-Of-Life Surrogates Aren’t As Ready As They Think

Numerous studies have demonstrated that healthcare surrogates lack knowledge of patients’ preferences. Surrogates struggle with guilt, stress, and doubt when they make decisions without knowledge of their loved ones’ wishes.…

Preparing for Dementia and Avoiding Medically Futile Care

Video of HSSD general meeting.
A world-renowned expert (ThadPope) on many areas of health law & bioethics speaks about options and limitations for persons suffering from dementia.

End of Life Options

U~T San Diego Community Spotlight, U~T San Diego Radio | Mins: 27:57 Drew Schlossberg interviews Faye Girsh, President and Barry Price, Vice-President Hear the Hemlock Society of San Diego program…

You’re Not You

A life-changing bond develops between a woman (Hilary Swank) with ALS whose marriage is on the rocks and the brash collegian (Emmy Rossum) hired to be her assistant.At what point…

Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED)

Sept. 16, 2018 Speaker: Dr. Bob Uslander Dying Wish, the award winning 20-minute documentary was shown. It chronicles the journey of an eighty-year old retired surgeon with end-stage cancer, on…

End of Life Decisions

KFMB “It’s Your Money and Your Life” podcast with Faye Girsh and Dr. Bob Uslander, Integrated MD Care. Faye and Dr. Bob were interviewed by Rick Payne. Listen to the…

Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment – POLST

A POLST form can save you from treatment during a medical emergency; a valid POLST is a medical order.  EMTs can legally follow the wishes stated in a valid POLST.…

Ikiru (To Live)

One of director Akira Kurosawa’s most famous films, this 1952 masterpiece is about Mr. Watanabe, a man who discovers he has terminal cancer.How he decides to use the time left…

As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures

By Katie Hafner – New York Times. Aug. 10, 2018 “One in six hospital patients in the United States is now treated in a Catholic facility, according to the Catholic…

What We Know About The People Who Have Used California’s Assisted Suicide Law

By Michelle Faust – laist June 25, 2018 “Dr. David Wallenstein, a palliative care doctor at UCLA Medical Center, said, “my impression is that people who tend to think in…

The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro)

This 2004 award-winning film is based on the real-life story of Ramón Sampedro (played by Javier Bardem), who was left quadriplegic after a diving accident, and his 28-year campaign in…

Die Like a Dog

By Joseph Pierre, Psychiatrist – in Aeon May 15, 2018 “Indeed, the American Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals (2013) acknowledges that ‘there is no consensus on…

Talking with your Family about your End of Life Wishes

On the 2nd anniversary of the passage of the End of Life Option Act Faye Girsh talks with Kogo’s iHeartMedia San Diego about the importance of talking with your family…

The Event (2003) with Olympia Dukakis (U.S.)

The untimely event of an AIDS patient causes a criminal investigation.

Hemlock Society And Right To Die Films

Cinema Junkie By Beth Accomando Friday, April 13, 2018 Faye Girsh discusses right to die films and what we can learn from them with Beth Accomando of KPBS. Listen to…

Maia Calloway. From the Dying in the Americas Conference – March 22-24, 2018

Sponsor: Final Exit Network A Colorado woman with progressive multiple sclerosis turns to Life Circle in Switzerland to end her life with peace and dignity.

Mary Kills People & Eyewitness

Double Feature! Mary Kills People is a serious and highly rated TV program about two doctors who, in their extra time, help suffering people who plead for it, to end…

Youth in Oregon

Frank Langella plays a retired doctor who is unwilling to endure further treatment for a hopeless heart condition. But when he announces his intention to travel from New York to…

Dark Victory

In this 1939 film Betty Davis plays a long island socialite/heiress who has a malignant brain tumor.

I’m a doctor. Here’s what it’s like helping terminally ill patients end their lives

By Catherine Sonquist Forest – Vox, Sep 21, 2017 “Aid in dying has been legal in California for a year now. Many of my patients have been waiting for this.”…

An Act of Murder

A stern hard-liner judge with little mercy has a moral dilemma when his wife is diagnosed with an incurable and painful illness. This 1948 film features Fredric March as the…

Me Before You

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…

Advocate Says California’s Aid-In-Dying Law Is Too Restrictive

By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, KPBS June 6, 2017. Audio: 6 min 35 seconds Hemlock Society of San Diego founder Faye Girsh discusses why the California End of Life Option…

California’s Aid-In-Dying Law Is Too Restrictive

KPBS Midday Edition By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh June 6, 2017 Length: 6.41 mins. Faye Girsh discusses why California’s End of Life Option Act does not go far enough. https://d2ry37igjfn1mv.cloudfront.net/audio/2017/06/06/170606-Faye_Girsh-Midday.mp3

Critical Care

A 1997 film directed by Sidney Lumet. It is a satire about American medicine and keeping patients alive, including the role of insurance. Our movies don’t usually make you laugh…

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…

Doctor Considers The Pitfalls Of Extending Life And Prolonging Death

Fresh Air, NPR – Jan. 30, 2017 Terry Gross talks with author of “Modern Death” and fellow in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Haider Warraic, about how medicine…

Amour

What happens to an older couple when one gets sick and the other tries to be the caregiver. AMOUR is an award-winning French film showing the course of desperation and helplessness that leads to a startling climax.

Live and Let Go: An American Death

Independent, patriotic, realistic, optimistic, terminally ill Sam Niver plans and executes his own death — with the help of his two adult children.

Why few California doctors are assisting deaths for terminally ill

By Tracy Seipel – Bay Area News Group September 2016 “It’s a scene being played out throughout California, as scores of terminally ill patients are learning to their dismay —…

Okuribito (Departures)

A sensitive award-winning Japanese film about a young man who stumbled across a job working as a Japanese ritual mortician. Shunned by his wife and friends for working with death,…

My aunt’s struggle with assisted suicide: There was death, but not enough dignity

By Linda Van Zandt – Los Angeles Times Aug 14, 2016 “We had been forced to assist in the most bizarre fashion, jumping through seemingly random legal hoops and meeting…

What I Learned Helping My Sister Use California’s New Law to End Her Life

First woman to take advantage of California’s End of Life Option Act ? Opinion Piece by Kelly Davis – Voice of San Diego, August 9, 2016 Woman describes the experience…

Harold and Maude

1971 dark comedy film classic: Harold, obsessed with death, meets the 79-year-old carefree Maude.

Honey (Miele)

An Italian film about a young woman who helps people die. What happens when her guidelines are violated? How does this occupation affect her life? Are there other “Honeys” around?…

Diane Rehm: Do Americans Have A Right To Die?

NPR Host Diane Rehm discusses her book, On My Own and about how the death of her husband inspired her to take up a controversial cause: the right to die…

Ain’t the Way to Die

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Diane Rehm shares the painful story of her husband’s death

PBS News Hour. March 3, 2016 Diane Rehm’s husband, who had Parkinson’s, was not eligible medical aid dying. He chose to voluntarily stop eating and drinking in order to end…

How to Die in Oregon

How terminally ill persons, their family, and friends consider whether and when to take a lethal medication overdose as allowed in Oregon since 1997 and soon to be available in…

The end can be sudden in advanced cancer

KevinMd.com Feb. 8, 2016 Many doctors are reluctant to talk about end of life issues. Many families want to avoid the issue altogether and are shocked when the end “suddenly”…

Being Mortal

Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, this documentary shows him meeting with colleagues and patients to discuss treatment choices at the end of life. Up-close and even…

Force-Feeding: Cruel at Guantánamo, but O.K. for Our Parents

By Haider Javed Warraich, New York Times Nov. 24, 2015 Many late-stage dementia patients develop difficulties in swallowing and frequently aspirate food or other stomach contents into their lungs, developing…

The Father of the Right to Die Movement, Derek Humphry, Discusses With Faye Girsh How it Began

Derek Humphry discusses the real world events behind his 1978 book Jean’s Way. The book describes how he helped his cancer-riddled terminally-ill wife with her request to end her life,…

24 and Ready to Die

An Economist film Emily is 24 years old, physically healthy and lives in Belgium, where euthanasia is legal, even for children.

The Farewell Pary (Israel)

Residents of a retirement community figure out how to help their fellow retirees who are suffering a bad death.

The I.C.U. Is Not a Pause Button

Opinion Piece By Kristen McConnell, New York Times, August 26, 2015 A nurse explains dying in an intensive care unit and corrects the impression that being in ICU is a…

La Grande Bouffe (The Big Feast)

In this 1973 award-winning French-Italian film with Marcello Mastroianni, four gourmet friends rent a chateau. If you ever thought about how it would be to eat yourself to death, this…

A Final Promise

A boy helps his brother die and makes a vow to himself to end his own life at 37— until he falls in love with a woman with ALS who…

Guzaarish

A beautiful woman, a handsome charming magician who is also a quadriplegic—in a beautiful house with wonderful music. But he wants to die —and the court denies him. A love…

‘Rational Suicide’ Talk Increasing Among ‘Healthy’ Elderly

by Deborah Brauser Medscape April 08, 2015 Rational suicide is discussed at the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) 2015 Annual Meeting. “Our main focus was on the fact that…

Final Exit

No one disputes that it’s against the law to take another person’s life, but is it against the law to sit with someone and watch while they commit suicide? We…

The Sea Inside

Xavier Barden (A Spanish film about a quadriplegic man who gets help to die from a Spanish RTD group)

One True Thing

Meryl Streep and Renee Zelwegger Cancer patient dies from an overdose. Who did it?

Why I Hope to Die at 75

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, The Atlantic, October 2014 “Americans may live longer than their parents, but they are likely to be more incapacitated. Does that sound very desirable? Not to me.”…

Dead at noon: Gillian Bennett’s last wish was to get people talking about a taboo topic

By Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun Gillian Bennett’s final words on her personal website make a passionate case for physician-assisted suicide. On Monday morning shortly before noon, Gillian Bennett dragged a…

Dying Wish

Documentary of the process of dying by Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking. It follows a retired surgeon with end-stage cancer on hospice who chose this method to end his life.…

Sorrows of Dementia Don’t Get Easier Over Time

By Logan Jenkins, Union Tribune, Aug 5, 2014. And Response by Faye Girsh, Ed.D., President of the Hemlock Society of San Diego The first column I ever wrote for money…

How to Die in Oregon

Award Winning Documentary – including 2011 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Award This exceptional film documents how physician aid in dying works in Oregon by following a woman…

An Impossible Choice

by Joanne Faryon – KPBS Morning Edition This page of video and audio gives you a glimpse of what it is like in California subacute units. One video talks with…

A Short Stay in Switzerland

A fictional account of a true story of a doctor going to Dignitas to die.

The Suicide Plan

A thorough documentary on a subject rarely explored, assistance in dying. It covers the Final Exit Network and other right to die activities

Dying the Good Death: The Kate Granger Story

by Lindsey Fitzharris in Medium Kate Granger, a 31-year-old physician who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of sarcoma and given less than 5 years to live decided to forgo…

The Barbarian Invasions

Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 2003. Canadian fictional account of a disagreeable man who dies peacefully. ‘”The Barbarian Invasions” is a movie about a man who…

Even the best palliative care can’t always help

Neil Frances explains even the best palliative care possible simply can’t help alleviate intolerable suffering for some.

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Classic movie of a quadriplegic who wants treatment removed.

How Doctors Choose to Die–NYU’s Love & Let Die symposium

A discussion about doctor’s views on end-of-life treatment, which turn out to be radically different than the general public’s views. Most doctors do not want to die in a hospital. Most of the general public say they want to die peacefully without being in pain; but if you ask them if they would want CPR, artificial ventilation, dialysis, etc. they paradoxically say “yes.”

Will this Death be an “Irrational Suicide” or a “Voluntary Death”?

by James Leonard Park Criteria for differentiating rational from irrational self-delivered death.

Grace Quigley

Old lady finds a reluctant hit man to help her older friends die. With Katherine Hepburn and Nick Nolte.

Amour (shown at a movie theatre)

An older man caring for his wife who has repeated strokes. Read Faye Girsh’s analysis of how the death in this film could have been better.

Right of Way

With Bette Davis and Jimmy Stewart An older couple want to die together despite the daughter’s protestations.

A Personal Tribute to Jack Kevorkian

by Faye Girsh, President Hemlock Society of San Diego Love him or hate him, Jack Kevorkian was the face of the right-to-die movement for almost a decade. As he forced…

Faye Girsh’s Report of the April 2011 trial of the state of Arizona vs. Dr. Larry Egbert and Frank Langsner who were being tried for providing assistance to Phoenix resident Jana Van Voorhis who died after receiving information and support from the Final Exit Network

Day 1 — Monday, April 4, 2011 Jury selection begins this morning in the historical case of Arizona vs Dr. Larry Egbert (who was the Medical Director for the Final…

Letting Go-What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?

By Atul Gawande – The New Yorker – Aug. 20, 2010 “Our medical system is excellent at trying to stave off death with eight-thousand-dollar-a-month chemotherapy, three-thousand-dollar-a-day intensive care, five-thousand-dollar-an-hour surgery.…

What Broke My Father’s Heart

By Katy Butler, New York Times Magazine, June 18, 2010 This article was an influential article and prompted two excellent books by Katy Butler, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path…

Are you Ready to Die ?

A quiz that tests whether you might be a candidate for an assisted, hastened death.

Depression and Planned Death

by Faye Girsh, Ed.D. If you’re thinking about ending your life maybe you are depressed. Depression is a treatable condition which often leads to thoughts of dying. If you have…

Myths Concerning Terminal Sedation And Morphine

By Erwin J. D. Kompanje – Translated from Dutch into English from the NNVE newsletter ‘RELEVANT’. (Vol.30. Number 1.2004):-   It is often suggested that terminal patients die sooner after…

Death: A Friend to be Welcomed Not an Enemy to be Defeated

Keynote speech to the 13th National Hemlock Conference 1/10/03 by John Shelby Spong, Eighth Episcopal Bishop of Newark I am both honored and delighted to speak to this national gathering…

A Christian Perspective on Choice in Dying

by Bishop Shelby Spong I want them to remember me as a person who was vital to the end, as one who was in possession of all that makes me…

A Good Death – A Challenge To Law And Medical Ethics

by Rodney Syme, MD What is a good death? Well, it is the antithesis of a bad death. In my view, a good death is not what Philip Aries described…

Active Euthanasia And The Colombian Constitutional Court

The Colombian Constitution provides a solid basis for decriminalizing merciful homicide, when a person who is undergoing intense suffering caused by an incurable illness, requests that it be put to…