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Video: Death as a Design Challenge

January 5, 2018

Last year Elaine Fong’s mother used the Washington Death with Dignity Act. Elaine shared the experience of helping her mother fulfill her end-of-life wishes in a TEDx San Francisco presentation in October 2017.

Elaine told us, “Our family is grateful to have given our mom a peaceful death and to fulfill her end of life wishes in this way. I wanted to share the experience we had with the world, because I understand how important it is to have this honest conversation, and because it was her wish to help others be brave too. Her life would have ended painfully if it were not for this policy and the work you all have done.”

Having the conversation helps us to reframe or even rebrand death from feeling scary, desolate, or bleak, to reimagining it as honest, noble, and brave.

5 Comments.

GARY ALTER
November 4, 2018 at 6:37 am

HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO RESIDE IN THE STATES THAT ALLOW D/D GARY

Peter Korchnak, Death with Dignity
November 12, 2018 at 10:21 am

There is no length of residency requirement in any of the states. Lear more here:

https://www.deathwithdignity.org/learn/access/#residency

Elizabeth Snow
November 4, 2018 at 8:24 am

Is it possible to obtain a copy of this video?
Thank you

Peter Korchnak, Death with Dignity
November 12, 2018 at 10:20 am

The video is available on YouTube. Simply press Play and then the YouTube logo icon in the lower right corner.

Judy
November 4, 2018 at 9:03 am

Thank you Elaine for your very brave presentation, so beautifully shared in honor of your Mom;
a meaningful design for Death with Dignity.

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