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MAiD MYTHS

MAiD MYTHS

We live in a time of misinformation and disinformation. EOLCCA receives a lot of inquiries from people who believe many of the myths circulating about MAiD. The purpose of this article is to dispel those myths and provide you with the facts.

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New Report on Medical Aid in Dying in California

New Report on Medical Aid in Dying in California

Equally important to EOLCCA is the fact that the number of people who obtained a MAiD prescription increased by almost 50% compared to 2021. Universal knowledge that California has this law is a critical missing element that persists as a major roadblock for those who might request medical aid in dying.

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What actually happens during a MAID death.

What actually happens during a MAID death.

As an End of Life Choices California (EOLCCA) bedside client volunteer and retired medical professional, I’ve attended both medically-assisted deaths (MAID) and non-MAID deaths. Most people who qualify choose MAID because they want some control over how and when they...

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Getting the Word Out About Dying with Dignity

Getting the Word Out About Dying with Dignity

At End of Life Choices California, one of our major objectives is to spread the word about all of the medical options Californians have at the end of their lives, including (if they qualify) medical aid in dying. That objective is so important that it sits at the heart of our mission statement: We provide Californians the information and support to successfully navigate their legal end-of-life options.

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Our First Line Phone Volunteers

Our First Line Phone Volunteers

Lynne Calkins remembers one call from a man whose terminally-ill father wanted to die – beginning a story that led to a movie. Last Flight Home, an acclaimed documentary released last fall, was described in one review as “boundlessly humane.” It’s a phrase that...

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How We Help Our Clients

How We Help Our Clients

At the end of the day, I felt honored to have had the privilege to support Billy in his choice to use medical aid in dying, and to witness his passing. From the first phone call through the day of Billy’s death, we spent many hours on his case–and this is not unusual. I was also fortunate to participate in the very core of the work we do at EOLCCA: to help our terminally-ill clients find relief from their suffering, and achieve the peaceful, dignified death they want.

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Last Flight Home

Last Flight Home

“It was like light from a lighthouse,” says David Timoner of the call he got from End of Life Choices California (EOLCCA) when he and his family were facing the toughest time of their lives.

David’s 92-year-old father Eli was in the hospital. He had reached a point at which advanced COPD, CHF, and other health issues had become intractable and meant he would have to transfer to a care facility. But Eli knew he wanted to die at home surrounded by those he loved, and he asked about medical aid in dying. His family understood and supported his decision but didn’t know where to turn for help. Vaguely aware of a California law, they still had no idea what to do next.

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Talking to your Doctor about MAID

Talking to your Doctor about MAID

Being direct about a sensitive and personal topic like aid in dying can be intimidating. But the more clearly you express yourself, the more likely your doctor is to really “hear you” and understand not only your request, but also your priorities and values.

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