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 physicians 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 Physician
Before asking End of Life Washington for help finding a supportive physician, you should ask the physician(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.
This checklist provides an overview of the steps involved in obtaining a prescription for life-ending medications under the Washington State Death with Dignity law. It also outlines the law’s qualification criteria and lists current life-ending medications prescription options. An overview of End of Life Washington’s client support services is also provided.
Complete this form after you have seen both the Attending (prescribing) and Consulting Physicians. This form must be signed by two qualified witnesses. One witness can be a family member; one can be an employee of your doctor; or both witnesses can be bystanders.
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.
Note: If these directions are not followed, the process may take longer or may not work.
Updated January 2020
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.