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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 (tax deductible) 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.

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Upcoming Events

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The Farwell Party

The Right to Die Film Festival

Film: The Farewell Party
Don't miss this funny film from Israel about inventive retirement home residents who devise a mercy-killing machine. Film to show around 1:50 pm.

We invite you to join us for great conversations and yummy Middle Eastern snack from 1:00 - approximately 1:50pm.

Film ends around 3:30pm, discussion until 4pm.

See flyer

See movie trailer

Trolley to the Library !
The green line runs every 15-20 minutes on Sundays from 12th and Imperial, through Little Italy and Fashion Valley. Click for Sunday timetable

From Santee it goes past Alvarado Medical Center, SDSU and Qualcomm Stadium.
Click here Sunday timetable

The Mission Valley Library is about 100 feet from the Fenton Parkway stop, the walk is ADA compliant.
Click here for the trolley map

The Chargers game is away on Oct. 18th, so the trolley should not be packed with people.

Click here for map
to library from Fenton Parkway trolley stop


Cost: Free
Sponsor: The Hemlock Society of San Diego
Location: Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, Mission Valley (next to Ikea off of Friar's Road)


Death Cafe

October 20, (Tuesday)


Death Café Mission Valley, San Diego provides a safe, agenda-free place to discuss death and life over some tasty treats. Not a grief therapy group, it is no more and no less than a friendly and interesting group of people discussing death, dying and end of life concerns. Our motto: “Breathing Life into Death”

More Info

Cost: Free
Sponsor: Death Café
Co-Hosts: Barbara Bailey and Mitsuo Tomita
Location: Mission Valley Library, Community Room,
2123 Fenton Parkway
, Mission Valley (next to Ikea off of Friar's Road)
Please RSVP If you’d like to attend, email sdcoalition@yahoo.com or deathcafesd@gmail.com with “Death Café MV” in the subject line. Please give the full name of each person attending. Death Cafés have been wait listed in the past, so rsvp is advised.

Sandican October 27

Crucial Conversations
Navigating Your Way
Tools To Assist With Your Personalized Road Map

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Please RSVP by October 22, 2015.
1(800)82-SHARP/1(800)827-4277 or visit www.sharp.com/classes

Cost: Free
Sponsor: San Diego Community Action Network
Location: Balboa Park Club Ballroom, 2140 Pan America West
San Diego, CA 92101

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November 15


Topic: Implementing the End-of-Life Options LAW

Cost: Free
Sponsor: The Hemlock Society of San Diego
Location: Scottish Rite Temple Mission Valley. 1895 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108


ethics report

More Information on Life, Death and Pain from the Medscape Ethics Report


Featured Articles

Doctor Assisted Suicide:California Ban Challenged in Court -- by Howard Mintz -- San Jose Mercury News -- February 15, 2015

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

Click here to see additional articles.

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Registering Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) with CA Secretary of State

 For a small fee, you can register your AHCD with the Secretary of State's Office to ensure that, wherever you may be, your health provider will have access to it. When you register, you have the option of providing a PDF (that an officially identified health provider can then download) or indicate its location.

more info

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