COVID-19: What to Expect from End of Life Washington

Since early April, most of the emails welcoming me to End of Life Washington (EOLWA) as Executive Director have almost apologetically pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a challenging time to step into my new role. Indeed, it is a time to be adaptable,...
Increasing Access to Death with Dignity in Washington

Increasing Access to Death with Dignity in Washington

Skyler Rude, State Representative from the 16th Legislative District is introducing HB 1141: Increasing access to Death with Dignity act to reduce Washingtonian’s needless suffering at the end of their life. After 12 years of experience supporting individuals...
Choosing a good death

Choosing a good death

The final story in a series on Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) comes from Jeff’s wife, Teresa. We are grateful for those who shared their stories so that others might understand an end-of-life option for those with degenerative diseases.  In April...
Crystal clear choice.

Crystal clear choice.

Our third story in a series on Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) comes from Don’s wife Claudia. We are grateful for those who shared their stories so that others might understand an end-of-life option for those who face a dementia diagnosis. VSED is...
Dying on her own terms.

Dying on her own terms.

This December we are sharing a series of courageous stories about individuals with Dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.  This is Jean’s story:  In the late 80’s and early 90’s Jean Rough sat beside both of her parents as they died. Her mother died of...
A peaceful death.

A peaceful death.

Over the past year, we have received increasing requests from individuals and their families for support related to neurological disorders like dementia. They are searching for options to escape the emotional and physical suffering that comes with losing their memory,...
2020 End of Life Washington Annual Meeting

2020 End of Life Washington Annual Meeting

Our online gathering on October 3rd was a wonderful virtual gathering of over 130 End of Life Washington supporters, volunteers, staff, board members and friends. Our EOLWA leaders gave updates on End of Life Washington initiatives and efforts and our guest speakers...

Volunteer Client Advisor (VCA) Diary

How June unfolded in service to EOLWA clients By Chris Fruitrich/Volunteer Client Adviser What follows is a much-abbreviated summary of this volunteer’s work with clients seeking information on the Death with Dignity law. While there is no “average” month (June in...

VSED: Expanding Choice

By Cassandra Sutherland/Client Services Manager First, it was small things, he would forget that I had called, he stopped being able to cook a meal and unable to follow a recipe. He lost his ability to read because he would forget what had just happened a few pages...