“He could have died so well.”

Washington State’s Death with Dignity Act provides comfort every year to dozens of patients facing a terminal illness with less than six months to live.  It reduces their fear and anxiety about dying, knowing they can end their life when the pain and suffering becomes...
Increasing Access to Death with Dignity in Washington

Increasing Access to Death with Dignity in Washington

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 accessing the Death with Dignity law, it is clear that some of the protections in the bill...

Her Legacy is my Learning

By Bob Free/Board of Directors, President My older, smart, vibrant sister Janice was always a role model for me. She was the first in our family to attend college, and I followed her to UC Berkeley for my degree. She was a confirmed liberal, and she paved the way for...

Comfortable being Uncomfortable

By Dawn Warnaca/Volunteer Client Adviser Choice at the end of life and in dying was a comfortable topic of conversation in the house where I grew up. Now I am embarking on a new avocation, helping people on their own end-of-life journeys and trying hard to find that...
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...