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...
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...

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,...