Death With Dignity making strides in western U.S. states

By Teresa Barron EOLWA volunteer New Mexico has  joined the movement toward expanding end-of-life options. With the passing of HB 47 on March 15, New Mexico removed criminal and civil liability for health care providers who help terminally ill patients end their...

What difference does a year make? Let’s find out:

A NOTE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE EDITOR, JUDY KINNEY AFTER ONE YEAR AT THE HELM OF EOLWA Do you remember what you were doing a year ago?  Last May I was in my first days as End of Life Washington’s Executive Director.  I had just moved back to Seattle after three...

SE HABLA ESPAÑOL: Setting a goal for EOLWA in 2021 and beyond

By Sebastian Moraga To return to the Featured Articles page for the Spring 2021 E-Newsletter, click here Say it with me once: Muerte Digna, (Moo-ert-ay Deeg-nah) That’s how you pronouce “death with dignity” in Spanish. It’s pronounced a little bit different.  OK,...

“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...