Death With Dignity Act (DWD for Patients)
About the Process
Our Client Support Services can help patients:
- Consider all end-of-life options.
- Understand the importance of hospice and locate a provider.
- Talk to your family and health care providers about dying and Death with Dignity.
- Locate health care providers and pharmacists who support a patient’s choice to use the law.
An experienced Volunteer Client Advisor can be present with you if you choose to take the Death with Dignity medication.
Speak with Your Health Care Provider
Before asking End of Life Washington for help finding a supportive provider, you should ask the health care provider(s) you are currently working with if they will support your choice to use the law. It is very important that this conversation occur in person.
End of Life Washington does not provide or administer life-ending medication. We offer information, support, and, if requested, personal presence at the death of a qualified client.
PDF Documents for Download
Complete this form after you have seen the Attending (prescribing) Provider. This form must be signed by two qualified witnesses. One witness can be a family member; one can be an employee of your health care provider; or both witnesses can be bystanders.
Updated July 2023
Forms have been translated for reference purposes only. In accordance with Washington State Law, these forms must be completed in English. They are currently available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
If you have any questions about this information, please contact the End of Life Washington office at 206.256.1636. If you decide to take the life-ending medication and have given us adequate notice, a Volunteer Client Adviser can provide you and your loved ones with support through this process.
Updated August 2023
Note: If these directions are not followed, the process may take longer or may not work.
Updated August 2023
If you meet the legal requirements and choose to use the Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), we honor that decision and provide support and guidance to you and your family through the process. However, we neither provide nor administer life-ending medication. Furthermore, people with dementia are unable to qualify for the Death with Dignity Act because by the time they are eligible to receive a terminal diagnosis with a six-month prognosis, they are no longer deemed mentally competent. There are never any fees for any service End of Life Washington provides.