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Your life.
Your death.
Your choice.

We’ve Changed Our Name to End of Life Washington

End of Life Washington – formerly Compassion & Choices of Washington – guides people in planning for the final days of their lives.

We provide 
free end-of-life counseling and client support services statewide to qualified patients who desire a peaceful death.

We encourage advance planning and set a new standard in Washington for advance planning documents with our End of Life Washington Advance Directive.

We promote the use of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) for those with serious illnesses. We provide these and many other documents at no cost.

We created and played a key role in leading the coalition that passed Initiative 1000 (the Washington Death with Dignity Act) into law in November, 2008 with nearly 60 percent of the popular vote. We now steward, protect, and uphold the law.

We advocate for better pain management, patient-directed end-of-life care, and expanded choice for the terminally ill. We do not suggest, encourage, or promote suicide or euthanasia.

There is never a fee for our services.                           

News & Announcements

An analysis of the Death with Dignity Policies of 94 hospitals in Washington State was released today by End of Life Washington. Last year, the Washington Department of Health required that hospitals post policies on end of life care on both their hospital website as well as submit them to the Department of Health.

End of Life Washington has analyzed these policies regarding what is permitted or prohibited by these institutions under the Washington Death with Dignity Act. Under the law, health care institutions and medical providers are not obligated to participate in Death with Dignity, but have the option of opting out. Some institutions not only prohibit their providers from participating in the law, but also prohibit them from providing information or referrals to organizations that will.

The intent of this project is to create greater transparency so that consumers may become informed about the policies of the hospitals in their area with regards to Death with Dignity. With this information, health care consumers may choose providers who are able to support them in exercising their rights under the Death with Dignity Act.

While Death with Dignity has been legal in Washington State for six years it often remains difficult for consumers to get medically accurate information from their healthcare providers. In addition, to exercise your rights under the law, qualified individuals need to find two physicians and a pharmacy that are willing and able to participate.

The results of the hospital Death with Dignity policy analysis can be found at:

About End of Life Washington
End of Life Washington, formerly known as Compassion & Choices of Washington was founded in 1988.The organization was instrumental in the passage of Washington’s Death with Dignity Act in 2008 and provides education, advocacy and support regarding all legal end-of-life options, including Death with Dignity.

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