Groups

There are several national groups that work for aid in dying (death-with-dignity.)  They differ in their approach, but all are wonderful, and earn our highest recommendation.  We strongly recommend joining and supporting them all.

Compassion and Choices (C&C) is the largest and best-funded group.  C&C is leading the charge to get the right to death-with-dignity established in states all around the US.  It’s a most wonderful group — please join if you’re not already a member.  It also provides trained counselors who can offer advice if you’re suffering intolerably.  If this is you, don’t hesitate to call C&C at 800-247-7421.

The Resources Page at the Compassion & Choices website is particularly valuable and contains links to several important fact sheets.

The Death With Dignity National Center, based in Oregon where the first death-with-dignity law was passed, serves as a clearinghouse for the movement and does wonderful advocacy work.

All of these national groups — Compassion & Choices, and the Death With Dignity National Center — are wonderful, and worth supporting.

Around the US, there are many statewide and local groups, including:

State by state information is available at the C&C website at http://www.compassionandchoices.org/what-we-do/on-the-ground/.

And death with dignity is a worldwide movement.

For the broader movement to reduce suffering at end of life, visit The Conversation Project.  And in Chicago, check out the Chicago End of Life Care Coalition.  “Dedicated to improving the care of dying patients.”  A coalition of hospice providers, palliative care doctors, organizations and concerned citizens.  An important group with whom we share common cause.  And for professionals in the field, there’s the Chicago Bridge — Emerging Professionals in the field of Aging.