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,...

Every day became a countdown to the end.

In mid-2017, 85-year-old Richard Levy started experiencing pain in his chest.  Diagnosed with lung cancer, Richard underwent surgery to remove part of his lung that fall, but it was a losing battle.  Imaging showed that the cancer was spreading fast – it was...

“We have a right to make a choice!”

Lee Bell wanted to die. He wanted to die his way. He wanted to die with dignity. He wanted to snuff out his metastatic prostate cancer in the process. Instead, because of an arbitrary pause in the protocol for Washington’s Death with Dignity Law, Lee Bell was pushed...

“It’s still my right, and my choice.”

When Susan learned she had aggressive small cell lung cancer this past August, the first thing that crossed her mind was, “Thank goodness I live in a Death with Dignity state!” Living alone, and not wanting to spend her final days in a hospital hooked up to machines,...

Fall 2021 Letter from Executive Director Judy Kinney

Two years ago we supported two people with their choice to Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED). With a renewed focus on VSED this last year, we were able to support 12 people with VSED. Did our support for VSED limit the number of people who accessed medical...

Increasing Access to Aid in Dying

By Bob Free, Board President For the last several years, an august group of volunteer attorneys has guided the legislative agenda and policy work of End of Life Washington. EOLWA’s Public Policy and Law Committee is currently composed of seven attorneys (Bob Free,...

Retired Doctor Empowering People to Leave on Their Own Terms

By Staff Supporting people at the end of their life is sacred work, according to licensed physician from the Methow Valley, Betsy Weiss. From Wenatchee to Curlew, as a volunteer with End of Life Washington, she has supported people as they make decisions about the way...

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROTECTING PATIENT CARE ACT (PPCA)

By Judy Kinney, Executive Director We are here to help you know, understand, and access your full range of end-of-life choices. Contact our office, 206-256-1636, if you ever have any questions. We are happy to mail brochures to you, your provider, or your best friend...
10 Minutes With: Arline Hinckley

10 Minutes With: Arline Hinckley

The longtime member of the EOLWA Board of Directors is retiring after more than 30 years devoted to Death with Dignity. By Sebastian Moraga. What began with a parental chat in Seattle became a lifetime commitment to people all over the state.  Arline Hinckley,...