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We are an
all-volunteer organization.
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. Thank you!

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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

San Diego County April 16, 2014
9:30am -12:30 pm
  Learn valuable tools on how to communicate your healthcare preferences to family, friends and physicians.
Sponsor: San Diego County Coalition For Improving End-of-Life Care
Cost: Free
First United Methodist Church of San Diego
2111 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108
Death Cafe April 16, 2014
(Wednesday) 6:45pm to 8:45pm
  Death Café-Death Cafés are a part of a global movement to provide a relaxed and nurturing setting where you can join open, honest discussions to explore the questions you may have about life, dying and grief.
Sponsor: Death Café
Location: 789 West Harbor Drive, Suite 252, San Diego, CA 92101
Hemlock Society San Diego logo April 26, 2014
12:00-2 pm
  Home Health Care
Need someone to care for you? Whether you stay in
your home or move to a retirement community you
may need to explore the morass of the 400 home
health care agencies and independent operators to
find such a person. We will bring you a panel of
people who will help you evaluate these resources.
PANEL: Betty Boone, attorney and consumer
Martha Ranon, Southern Caregiver Resource Center
Ellen Brown, XiMed at Home …… and more
Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Carmel Valley Library
3919 Townsgate Dr., San Diego 92130
Hemlock Society San Diego logo May 18, 2014

Elaine Feuer, author of To Gently Leave This Life: The Right To Die, a book that reviews the history of right-to-die legislation will speak.
Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Scottish Rite Temple. 1895 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108

More information will be posted soon.

World Federation of Right to Die Society Logo September 17 - 20, 2014
First conference in America since 2000

World Federation is Coming to Chicago

Wednesday, September 17,
Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mark your calendars and register now for September 17 through 20, 2014, when the World Federation of Right To Die Societies comes to Chicago for its Twentieth Biennial Conference. The conference theme is “Dignity, Choice, Control…Around The World.” Come be inspired and learn how our vital movement is flourishing. Hear from activists from many countries, including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA.

The World Federation, founded in 1980, consists of 51 death-with-dignity organizations from 26 countries. The Federation provides an international link for organizations working to secure and protect the human right to self-determination at the end of life. Final Exit Network (FEN) is hosting the conference. It’s a tremendous opportunity to publicize and build support for our movement.

This is only the 3rd World Federation to be held in the U.S., the last one was 14 years ago. So, take advantage of this opportunity -- and find out about exciting developments all over the world.

The event starts with a reception on Wednesday evening, and continues all day Thursday through Saturday. There’s a special gala dinner Friday evening. It’s all at the beautiful Lakefront Embassy Suites Hotel in Chicago, at 511 N. Columbus Drive, in the fashionable Streeterville neighborhood. Just steps away from everything. The conference website at www.wfconf2014.com has the conference schedule and forms for registering online. The World Federation website is at www.worldrtd.net.

Register for the entire conference by March 31 for the early-bird price of $295. The gala dinner Friday evening is an additional $50. One-day registration is $150, and special conference rates are available to stay at the Embassy Suites.

Please register now – don’t delay. See you there – don’t miss it!


A tribute to Sharlotte Hydorn

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Right to Die Vernacular Eases into Mainstream

Ian Campbell, CEO and general and artistic director of the San Diego Opera was quoted in the Union Tribune as saying the opera was going “go out with dignity, on a high note with heads held high,” vernacular used for many years by the right to die movement.

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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