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“How to Die in Oregon” - A Documentary
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Peter Richardson's groundbreaking documentary, How to Die in Oregon, is an intimate and personal look at the Death with Dignity laws in Oregon and Washington. After four years of filming, Richardson created a film which is at times difficult to watch because of its unflinching look at death and dying, but in the end, people come away feeling uplifted and perhaps even less afraid of death.
The film doesn't strive to tell people how they must die, but through personal accounts shows how simply having more options for end-of-life care gives people more peace of mind in their final days. As one blogger put it, "After watching the movie, my wife and I can't understand how anyone could argue that death with dignity shouldn't be an option for everybody."
The film is available on DVD or streaming through Amazon or Netflix. Death with Dignity National Center is an affiliate of Amazon; use these links to buy this DVD or stream the film, and a percentage of your purchase will support our work!
For all you advocates out there, you might consider holding a small viewing party with your friends and loved ones to talk about why you support carefully-crafted and safe Death with Dignity laws. To help facilitate a lively conversation we've created a discussion guide.
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You are the key to ensuring well-crafted Death with Dignity laws for all Americans. With your financial and volunteer help, the Death with Dignity National Center, a 501(c)(3), non-partisan, nonprofit organization, has been the leading advocate in the Death with Dignity movement. Individual contributions helped us pass new Death with Dignity laws in Washington and Vermont, defend the Oregon law, and provide education and outreach programs for the vitality of the Death with Dignity movement.