Seven in 10 Americans support the right of people with a terminal illness to die on their own terms. Join the fight to ensure freedom at the end of life.
At Death with Dignity National Center, we value the inherent dignity and worth of all human beings. We work every day to realize a future in which all people have the freedom to decide how they live and die. Our commitment to these values places us in solidarity with the Black community and those protesting against centuries of oppression, injustice, and lives cut short by violence. Black lives matter.
Specialists in end-of-life care and death/dying share their perspectives on the practical, emotional, and philosophical issues that characterize dying and grieving today.
Questions on This Independence Day: A Message from Death with Dignity Executive Director Peg Sandeen
What is the meaning of freedom in the United States today? Death with Dignity National Center Executive Director Peg Sandeen contemplates this and other questions in her annual Independence Day message.
It has been four years since California’s End of Life Option Act took effect, and a year since Governor Janet Mills signed the Maine Death with Dignity Act into law. Both assisted dying statutes were results of multi-decade campaigns and personal stories.
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Learn where your state stands on death with dignity and what you can do to help.
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Are you asking yourself, "When I die, what will be my legacy?" Learn how your planned gift brings peace of mind to future generations.
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Like our country, death with dignity rests on the principles of autonomy and self-determination. Declare your own, personal independence to make your own decisions at the end of life.