End of Life Options: Washington’s Death with Dignity Law
Washington State, along with Oregon, leads our nation in End-of-Life choices for the terminally ill. In 2008 Initiative 1000, better known as the “Death With Dignity Act,” passed with nearly 60% of the popular vote. Since then, End of Life Washington (formerly Compassion & Choices of Washington) has stewarded the law, providing a well-trained bank of Client Support Volunteers to counsel Washington residents interested in exploring their end-of-life options. This forum will highlight the many services provided by End of Life Washington, with particular emphasis on our state’s Death With Dignity Law.
Sally McLaughlin MA, is the Interim Executive Director (formerly the Community Education Director) for End of Life Washington and travels the state giving presentations on the many services provided by the non-profit organization: the Advance Directive for Health Care, the Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Mental Health Advance Directive, Washington State’s Death With Dignity Law, as well as a wide array of end-of-life choices.