What Are Entheogens?

by Sunil Aggarwal, MD, Ph.D., Board Vice President Recognizing the urgent need for more options to alleviate the at times paralyzing psychospiritual distress that accompanies a terminal illness diagnosis and at end of life, End of Life Washington broke new ground in...

Effectively Engaging Your Legislators

by Nancy Sapiro, JD, EOLWA Lobbyist While it may seem like the ink is barely dry on the bills that were signed into law from the 2022 session, End of Life Washington’s advocacy work is well underway, preparing for the 2023 session. We’ve been meeting internally to...

Lessons on Democracy and Our Rights from my Father

Nancy pictured with her father at the 1991 Tulip Festival. by Nancy Niedzielski In 2008, I focused all of my time on the Washington Physician-Assisted Death Initiative (I-1000) campaign. It was a promise I made to my husband, Randy. He begged for aid in dying as he...
Providing a Place to Make your Crossing

Providing a Place to Make your Crossing

by Kris Shankar, Volunteer Storyteller Eastern Washington State is much like the rest of rural America. It is a socially conservative place where religion and traditions still guide the beliefs and outlook of most people. When Cindy Nover, Associate Professor of...

Facing Reality with a Bold Vision

After 13 years of helping all clients who need help finding physicians to prescribe aid-in-dying medication, we are on the verge of not having enough willing physicians to support the unprecedented number of clients reaching out to End of Life Washington (EOLWA) for...

Physician Scarcity Continues to Challenge Access to Death with Dignity

by Chris Fruitrich, Volunteer Storyteller / Client Advisor Often when people are ready to die, it’s hard to find a doctor. Though that may appear unexpected and contradictory, it is sorrowful for many dying patients. Increasingly, people with terminal conditions are...

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...