End of Life Washington (formerly Compassion & Choices of WA) provides advocacy, resources, and support to people facing terminal illness or an incurable, progressive illness. We uphold the right to excellent patient-centered end-of-life care.
EOLWA does this through:
- Education of individuals, families, health care providers, and the public.
- Information about advance care planning.
- Client support services to navigate Washington’s Death with Dignity Act and other end-of-life choices.
Since 1988, this organization has elevated the standards for end-of-life care in Washington and played a crucial role in reforming medical practice for the terminally ill. Our approach of providing direct service, advance planning resources, professional partnerships, community education and advocacy has helped transform patient-centered care.
We believe that a peaceful death should be within reach of everyone and that no one should face intolerable suffering at the end of life.
Since 1993, our organization’s Volunteer Client Advisers (VCAs) have counseled patients and families seeking excellent end-of-life care and effective symptom management, while upholding their right to explore end-of-life options.
End of Life Washington is recognized nationally for its advocacy of choice for the terminally ill and its commitment to improved treatment of pain and other symptoms. End of Life Washington’s service includes ongoing relationships we develop between our Volunteer Client Advisers and clients who want to explore end-of-life choices.
Each year we provide information and consultation to hundreds of patients and families. Two of our primary concerns are that no one dies in pain and no one dies alone.
We have a well-documented record of working with the health care community for changes in medical care for the terminally ill. 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.