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 provided Death with Dignity legislative updates for Washington State and efforts to improve access to Death with Dignity and end-of-life choices across the country. Presentations provided resources and concrete next steps as well as personal stories and insights. See below for some of the highlights in video clips and overviews of presentations.

Judy Kinney, MSW – Executive Director

Advancing our Vision in 2020-2021

1) Deepening our Culture of Care

2) A Learning Organization

3) Expanding our Community:  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Geographical Reach

Skyler Rude, State Representative
16th Legislative District

Story of constituents Donna and Jim

House Bill 2419: Study of barriers to accessing Washington’s Death with Dignity Act
(vetoed due to Covid 19 limitations)

Next steps to reduce barriers: Physician workgroup

George Eighmey, Death with Dignity National Center

Promoting Terminally Ill Patient’s Bill of Rights

Resources on all Death with Dignity statutes

National efforts to support states considering Death with Dignity statutes, including Southwest Strategy in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada

 

Volunteer Appreciation

End of Life Washington is profoundly grateful for the work of all of our volunteers. Over 60 Volunteer Client Advisors (VCAs) work closely with clients facing terminal diagnoses to respond to questions and concerns and support clients navigating end-of-life choices.

At our Annual Meeting we heard from End of Life Washington Board President, Bob Free, about the extraordinary efforts of one VCA this past year, Hank Balson. As a relatively new VCA, he has worked with many clients and was able to be with a client who requested our support at the last minute, requiring significant travel and time.

Thank you, Hank, for all of your service.

And a HUGE thank you to all of our incredible volunteers who honor the lives of their neighbors and community members through client support.

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