Assisted deaths as % of total deaths in Canada and California from 2016 to 2022.

NEW STUDY PUBLISHED!

Why do so few Californians take advantage of MAiD?
California vs. Canada – MAiD Awareness Comparison

Upcoming Events

Presenters: Stewart Florsheim, EOLCCA Board Vice President, and Adrian Byram, EOLCCA Board Secretary

Speakers will discuss the use of dementia directives in addition to an advance health directive and outline a recently published paper comparing awareness of MAID in California and Canada.

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Be sure to visit our volunteers from End of Life Choices California (EOLCCA) at our information booth during this excellent YMCA health fair offered in San Diego.

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End of Life Choices California

Welcome to End of Life Choices California

Who Is EOLCCA?

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, support, and guidance for individuals and families navigating end-of-life decisions. Founded on the principle that everyone deserves access to compassionate guidance and comprehensive information, we are committed to empowering Californians to understand and explore all their end-of-life options. Learn more about Who We Are

How does EOLCCA Help?

At End of Life Choices California, our work is driven by the belief that informed choices lead to dignified and peaceful end-of-life experiences. Our team of dedicated volunteers offers confidential consultations, educational programs, and resources designed to support individuals in making decisions that align with their values and wishes. From advance care planning to understanding the nuances of the California End-of-Life Option Act, we are here to assist you every step of the way. Learn more about What We Do.

Join the Community

By bridging the gap between knowledge and action, we strive to create a community where conversations about death and dying are normalized, and where individuals feel supported in making end-of-life choices that reflect their desires and dignity. Join us in our mission to advocate for compassionate end-of-life care options and to foster a culture of respect and understanding around the choices we all may face.

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A Dementia Patient Chooses VSED

A Dementia Patient Chooses VSED

I felt seen and loved by him in that moment, as I had always felt. “There were many beautiful exchanges,” says Julie. “We shared memories, talked about how much we loved each other, and gave our regrets permission to wash away.”

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What We Do - Learn About Your End of Life Options

End-of-Life Options

At End of Life Choices California, we believe in empowering you with comprehensive knowledge about your end-of-life options.

This journey involves understanding not only the medical interventions available, such as hospice and palliative care, but also exploring the emotional and spiritual support systems that can accompany these choices.

Our guidance covers the spectrum from aggressive treatment to comfort care, including the ethical considerations and personal reflections that each option entails. Let us assist you in navigating these choices to ensure your end-of-life journey is in accordance with your values and wishes, providing you and your loved ones with peace and dignity. Learn more about your options.

Advance Care Planning in California

Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning is a gift of clarity you give to yourself and those you love.

It’s about aligning your healthcare with your values, beliefs, and preferences should you become unable to communicate them in the future. Our resources and support guide you through creating an Advance Healthcare Directive, appointing a healthcare agent, and discussing your wishes with your family and healthcare providers.

We emphasize the importance of these conversations and the documentation of your wishes to ensure they are honored. Through our workshops, one-on-one consultations, and comprehensive guides, we aim to simplify this process, making it accessible and understandable for everyone. Learn more about Advance Care Planning.

End of Life Option Act

End-of-Life Option Act

Our aim is to demystify the process, criteria, and legal considerations of this option, providing clear, compassionate guidance.

The California End-of-Life Option Act represents a significant milestone in healthcare autonomy, allowing eligible terminally ill adults to make decisions about medical aid in dying. We cover everything from the initial conversation with healthcare providers to the detailed documentation required, ensuring individuals are fully informed and supported every step of the way.

Our resources also explore the ethical, emotional, and social aspects of the Act, offering a holistic view of how it fits into the broader spectrum of end-of-life care options. By informing and supporting individuals and families through this complex process, we uphold our commitment to dignity, choice, and compassionate care at life’s end. Learn more about the law.

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Request a Speaker

Our Speaker’s Bureau volunteers would love to speak to your group in person or give a presention via ZOOM. Our topics include:

  • All legal end-of-life options including VSED and MAID
  • The California End of Life Option Act (ELOA) for medical aid in dying
  • Advance Care Planning, making your wishes known
  • Communicating your wishes to your doctor and family 
  • End-of-life Case Studies
Become a supporter

We Need You

Your tax-deductible gift enables EOLCCA to promote our services and provide educational and training programs throughout the state.  You also enable our volunteers to support individuals from all walks of life who currently face a chronic or terminal diagnosis and seek to understand what end of life options are available to them.  Thank you! 

EOLCCA Volunteers in action
Make a difference

Volunteer Program

In addition to speaking to community groups, EOLCCA volunteers provide individual information, support, and guidance to terminally-ill individuals, including family members, seeking help understanding and navigating their end of life options.  Our Client Volunteers can also answer any questions specifically about medical aid in dying under California’s End of Life Option Act and help you find a participating medical provider.

How We
Help

Learn about our services and growing volunteer network

Keep your Advance Care Planning documents up to date

Planning & Directives

Learn about POLST, Hospice, and Advance Directives

Who We Are - A community of compassionate support

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Can Help

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