The 4th in the series, Current Issue in the Right to Die, will be presented Thursday, August 5 from 2 – 3:30 PM, PDT. This one will focus on Assisted Dying in Europe and will include the laws in the Benelux countries (Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg) — the most liberal of all regulations, plus the new status of the laws in Spain, Germany, and Portugal.
In the past 6 weeks we have discussed the assisted dying laws in Switzerland, Australia and the USA — all of which can be found on our webpage (hemlocksocietysandiego.org). There will be a discussion after the presentation. There is no charge. We invite you to share these with your friends.
If you want the Zoom link — and are not already on our list —email Ken Watson (KMW@ucsd.edu) with your name and email; please print PEACEFUL iin the subject line
Valerie Cooper is a Hospice Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner with Home and Community Care Support Services South East. She sees patients in their homes in a variety of geographies, from urban to remote. She works in a shared-care model with patients’ existing primary care providers to support patients with malignancies and end-stage organ diseases to die in their preferred place of death. She lectures in the undergraduate program at Queen’s School of Nursing and has developed and taught an elective undergraduate course on hospice palliative care nursing. She has also contributed to a continuing education course for nurse practitioners on palliative care through the University of Toronto. Valerie is a member of the Dying With Dignity Canada’s Clinician Advisory Council, as well as many Communities of Practice related to both Palliative and End-of-Life Care and Medical Assistance in Dying. She recently became co-chair of the NPAO Palliative and End of Life Care Community of Practice.
Elizabeth Leonardis is a nurse practitioner practicing in Vancouver, BC providing primary care to homebound elders through the Home ViVE (Visiting Vancouver’s Elders) program. She has also been a MAID Assessor and Provider since 2017. While originally hailing from the US, she now calls Canada home and recently made it official with Canadian citizenship.
If you can’t attend on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on July 21 will have the opportunity to ask questions of our speakers. If you have questions, you are also welcome to send them in ahead of time via the webinar registration.
In Western Australia VAD is to become legally available on July 1, 2021. The VAD Implementation Leadership Team has released a communique which includes details of the forthcoming Implementation Conference. The Department of Health’s website has published details of additional requirements that Health Practitioners must undergo in order to become VAD providers.
The requirements for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019 (the Act) have been published on the Department’s website: Interestingly some further requirements for Practitioner Eligibility, have been added.
These include – the requirement for a Medical Practitioner to demonstrate that they have clinically practised twice the minimum hours necessary for registration and the MP must provide 2 professional referees to satisfy the CEO of their suitability.
WA VAD Implementation Conference
Health Professionals are encouraged to register for the WA VAD Implementation Conference which is to be held on May 22-23. You can register here.
Amongst the Speakers are Dr James Downar – Critical Care and Palliative Care physician, Ontario – Tanya Burr, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Ontario – Dr. Greg Mewett, Palliative Care Physician, Victoria – Dr Peter Lange, Geriatrician, Victoria and Eliza Armstrong, Nurse & Groupwide VAD Coordinator, Epworth Healthcare, Victoria.
The June film selection of the Hemlock Society of San Diego will be Notes For My Son. Thi is a movie from Argentina based on a true story.
Maria, played by Valerie Bertolucci, is a mother battling terminal cancer who writes a one-of-a-kind notebook for her young son about life, death, and love.
As her illness becomes unbearable, Maria decides to end her life by terminal sedation.
But carrying out her wish becomes painfully complicated by legal bureaucracy and the hospital’s concerns about negative publicity.
Throughout the story, Maria progresses through her own stages of grief and acceptance over the end of her life while maintaining her dignity, humor, and care for others.
Available now on Netflix in English or Spanish. Even if you have not watched the film, you are welcom to participate in this program.
In the night of May 26 to 27, the South Australian VAD bill passed its first Lower House hurdle with an overwhelming majority.
A final vote on the matter will take place on June 9. If it succeeds, South Australia will become the fourth Australian state where “voluntary assisted dying” will be legal, after Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania.
Learn from Dr. Melissa Melnitzer about the do’s and don’ts of being there for someone who is grieving. DWDC volunteer, Jenny Hasselman, will share her personal experience with grief following the death of her mom in 2018. Read more
Time: 2-3:30pm Pacific | 5-6:30pm Eastern | 9-10:30pm UTC (Use The Time Zone Converter to check your time.) What: A Town Hall Discussion about assisted dying between Canadian aid-in-dying legal scholar Jocelyn Downie, SJD, and British Columbia aid-in-dying clinical provider, Dr. Stefanie Green, MD.
Canada recently approved an Act to amend the Criminal Code and expand the provisions for assistance in dying with Bill C-7, determining that it is “appropriate to no longer limit eligibility for medical assistance in dying to persons whose natural death is reasonably foreseeable and to provide additional safeguards for those persons whose natural death is not reasonably foreseeable.”
Professor Downie has worked extensively to further aid-in-dying legislation in Canada, one notable example of which is Carter v. Canada, which established a fundamental right to assisted dying. Dr. Green has worked since 2016 as a provider of MAiD, and is the President of the Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers (CAMAP).
Together, Professor Downie and Dr. Green will discuss the details of the new law, how it plays out in practice, the unique features of the Canadian system (for good or ill), the relationship between palliative care and MAiD in Canada, how conscience is handled, and what the law indicates for the future. Completed Life Program Director Sarah Kiskadden-Bechtel will moderate the discussion, which will include a live Q&A.
We will be joined by two Indigenous Elders who will speak on various Indigenous traditions and beliefs related to death, dying and grief, as well as how dying people and those who are grieving are supported. Read more
Is the grief experienced following a MAID death different than what is experienced when a death is unexpected? What are the common myths and misconceptions about grief and MAID? We will explore this and more during this webinar. Read more
In this webinar, Susan Cadell and Katherine Kortes-Miller will discuss some of their own research on death, dying, and grief.
They will explore the importance of including conversations about grief in public spaces, outside of clinical and institutional contexts. Read more
Common misunderstandings about Advance Care Planning
Speaker: Clancy Catelin Catelin, LLP, is an associate lawyer at Rosen Sunshine LLP, a boutique health law firm in Toronto. Clancy assists health care professionals, institutions, and individuals by providing advice and training on a variety of health-related legal matters, including MAID. Clancy holds a degree in Bioethics from the University of Toronto and completed her law degree at the University of Windsor. She articled with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s Legal Services Department and was called to the Bar in 2019.
Date: Wednesday April 28, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM PT / 1:00 PM MT / 1:00 PM CT / 3:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM AT / 4:30 PM NT
If you can’t attend on Wednesday April 28, a recording will be posted on the website of Dying with Dignity Canada and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on Wednesday April 28 will have the opportunity to ask questions to our speaker. If you have questions for Clancy, you are also welcome to send them in ahead of time via the webinar registration.
Lily and Paul summon their loved ones for one final gathering before Lily ends her long battle with ALS.
The couple plans a loving weekend complete with holiday traditions, but the mood becomes strained when unresolved issues surface.
When and how
When: April 18, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time
Hemlock Society of San Diego organizes Zoom meeting re Soylent Green
At December 20, 1:30 pm Pacific Standard Time, the Hemlock Society of San Diego organizes a meeting via Zoom to discuss issues the film Soylent Green brings up. It is not a strict requirement to watch the film to join the discussion.
This ecological dystopian thriller film portrays the year 2022. The cumulative effects of overpopulation, pollution and some apparent climate catastrophe have caused severe worldwide shortages of food, water and housing. Government-assisted euthanasia is available on request.
Starring: Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young and the last performance of Edward G. Robinson
Our next event will be a Lunch Hour discussion hosted by David N. Hoffman, healthcare lawyer and clinical bioethicist, which will occur on Thursday, November 5th from 12-1pm Eastern.
In this Lunch Hour, Professor Hoffman will discuss the story of Susan Saran, who fought for the right to complete her life on her own terms after a fatal diagnosis of early-onset frontotemporal dementia. You can read more about Susan Saran’s story, available here.
This Lunch Hour is the first in our new series that allows you to engage directly with our esteemed Faculty at the Completed Life Initiative. This Lunch Hour will be a Zoom event where you can learn directly from our Faculty, ask questions, and meet fellow Completed Life Community members.
This event is sure to be a lively discussion. A recording will be made available after the event concludes. Additional readings will be made available after you register for this event.
Please register using the link below so we know to expect you!
SIGN UP FOR THE INAUGURAL COMPLETED LIFE LUNCH HOUR
Don’t hesitate to email our Program Director, Sarah Kiskadden-Bechtel (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any and all inquiries.