Increasing Access to Death with Dignity in Washington

Increasing Access to Death with Dignity in Washington

Death with Dignity Act: Faced with terminal diagnosis, Washingtonians have a right to a full range of options for care at the end-of-life, including medical-aid-in-dying. Medical aid in dying allows terminally ill adults to get a prescription they can take to end...

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

Updated resource: Preparation and Choice in the time of COVID-19 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...

Facing Reality with a Bold Vision

After 13 years of helping all clients who need help finding physicians to prescribe aid-in-dying medication, we are on the verge of not having enough willing physicians to support the unprecedented number of clients reaching out to End of Life Washington (EOLWA) for...

Physician Scarcity Continues to Challenge Access to Death with Dignity

by Chris Fruitrich, Volunteer Storyteller / Client Advisor Often when people are ready to die, it’s hard to find a doctor. Though that may appear unexpected and contradictory, it is sorrowful for many dying patients. Increasingly, people with terminal conditions are...

A Sister’s Fight to Find a Provider

by Kris Shankar, Volunteer Storyteller Below is a first-hand account of Anjanette G.’s experience helping her brother, Steve, find a provider. My brother Steve was a triathlete and loved jazz music. At every opportunity, he would take his three dogs down to the...

Legislative Efforts to Increase Death with Dignity Providers

by Bob Free, JD, Board President Although Representative Skyler Rude’s House Bill 1141 did not advance out of the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee this legislative session, we remain hopeful that the Legislature will eventually take steps to reduce the...

Movement Matriarch to Die with Dignity

End of Life Washington, past, present, and future is deeply thankful for ALL of the ways that Sheila Cook helped to advance end-of-life choices and aid in dying. On April 12th, Sheila’s 91st birthday, she will die using the Death with Dignity Act that she helped...

She deserved more than we could give her by law. We can do better.

Washington’s Death with Dignity Act, in effect since 2009, permits physicians who support the law to prescribe an aid-in-dying medication after a complex process of requests and waiting periods. After the law had been in effect for some time, it was found that some...

Forever memorable. Warmly, Wayne.

If we are lucky, once or twice in our lives we’ll cross paths with someone so remarkable, our lives are changed forever. And if we’re truly fortunate, that person will have paved the way for others to carry on their warmth and beauty after they’re gone. Our friend,...