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No funds go to salaries...or to headquarters.


Programs and activities of the Hemlock Society of San Diego (HSSD) are made possible by your membership dues and the generous donations of members and friends. Donations and memberships can be sent to: HSSD, PO Box 34237, San Diego CA 92103
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We need your help with a variety of volunteer positions.
If interested, leave a message at (619) 233-4418.

Upcoming Events

Hemlock Society logo Sept. 28, 2014 (Sunday)

suffering womanSuffering From Life In The Very Old
Boudewijn Chabot, MD, PhD.
Dr. Chabot is a Dutch psychiatrist who has been doing research on how people in the Netherlands die. He is the author of two new books, and two DVDs. Dr. Chabot made several presentations during the World RTD Conference and is joining us afterwards. This topic is being discussed in the Netherlands and Switzerland where voluntary euthanasia is a legal option.

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Scottish Rite Temple. 1895 Camino del Rio South in Mission Valley

  Sept. 30, 2014 (Tuesday)

For The BEST WAY to Say Goodbye: A Specific Living Will + an Effective Strategy
By Stanley A. Terman, Ph.D., M.D.

Cost: Free
Carlsbad’s Dove Library.

Hemlock Society logo October 18, 2014 (Saturday)

Film: Soylent Green
The classic cult film about a grim future
where there are too many people and not
enough food —but a peaceful death is an
easy option. Starring Edward G. Robinson
and Charlton Heston.

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
La Jolla Library- 7555 Draper Street
La Jolla CA 92037


A tribute to Sharlotte Hydorn

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Archbishop Tutu Endorses Assisted Dying

In a recent statement to the London Observer Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa had this to say: “Yes, I think a lot of people would be upset if I said I wanted assisted dying. I would say I wouldn't mind actually….I have been fortunate to spend my life working for dignity for the living. Now I wish to apply my mind to the issue of dignity for the dying. I revere the sanctity of life—but not at any cost.”

And about his friend Nelson Mandela’s death: "You could see Madiba was not fully there. He did not speak. He was not connecting. My friend was no longer himself. It (his prolonged dying) was an affront to Madiba's dignity.”

2013 Death with Dignity
Annual Report
from Oregon Public Health Division

Once you are on the web page, click the link labeled "current report" to see the complete report for year 16.

World Right-to-Die Newsletter
Click for Latest Issue of  World Right-to-Die Newsletter

Featured Articles

Assisted Suicide Now Legal in 5 States -- by Erik Eckholm -- New York Times -- February 8, 2014

Fatal Mercies -- by Frank Bruni -- New York Times -- August 10, 2013

A Plea for Assisted Suicide -- by Kayla Penokie -- August 7, 2013

Doctors Really Do Die Differently -- by Ken Murray, MD -- July 17, 2013

I Must Die, My Love, To Rid You of this Burden -- by Sarah-Kate Templeton -- London Sunday Times -- July 14, 2013

Advance Directives Are Often Not Honored -- by Michael Cook -- BIOEdge News -- June 29, 2013

The Old Chestnut of Diluted Helium -- by Derek Humphry -- June 6, 2013

Why Can't Blue States Allow People to Die with Dignity? -- by Steve Lopez -- Los Angeles Times -- May 20, 2013

Click here to see additional articles.

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