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,...

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...

“You are Love, Mr. Charlie*”

A Client Adviser, Charlie (*named changed), faced a large Chinese family whose matriarch wanted to use the Death with Dignity law to quiet the pain she had felt for months. At one meeting the client, three daughters, three sons-in-law and our Charlie* sat around a...

Advance Directives Bring Peace of Mind

Along those same lines, a Client Adviser was assigned to a couple who wanted to rush and get the Death with Dignity medication as soon as possible. When he met with them he asked which of them had a terminal disease. They looked at him and then at each other and...

It’s Not Always About a Planned Death

Not every case ends in someone’s death. In fact, a majority of our clients never use the Death with Dignity law. A long-term Client Adviser helped bring peace to one such young man who lived in another state but wanted to come to Washington to use the law. He had been...

A Longtime Client Adviser Educates First Responders

Early in the life of Washington’s Death with Dignity Act, one of our ageless, tireless and inspirational lead Client Advisers found herself helping a young woman use the law to end the suffering caused by her brain tumor. The client died without incident after...

Ethicists debate ‘medical aid in dying’ for dementia patients

Ethicists debate ‘medical aid in dying’ for dementia patients by Tanya Ott Ethicists debate ‘medical aid in dying’ for dementia patients Discussing end-of-life medical care can be really difficult for family, but especially so when the terminal condition is something...