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Welcome to End of Life Choices California’s blog page. These thought pieces, how tos and essays are organized by date and category listed below for your convenience.  If you would like to subscribe to our blog and receive other EOLCCA updates in your inbox, please fill out our subscriber form! Thank you.

Opinion

In the Middle of a Revolution on Death

The Revolution is upon us The recent Washington Post article, “We’re in the middle of a revolution on death” is gently thought-provoking and describes a trend that we hope will become the reality for more Californians.  Specifically, those who are facing terminal...

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Inspiration, Stories

Why I Do This Work

I’ll call her Hazel – because she didn’t give me permission to tell her story. If I had asked, though, I’m satisfied that she would have happily agreed. Hazel was 78, and dying of lung cancer. Though hospice had been able to keep her largely pain-free, she was...

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Inspiration

Looking Forward in 2022

This month, End of Life Choices California (EOLCCA) celebrates the completion of three years of service to the people of California. Dear Friends and Supporters, I am proud to share with you our accomplishments in 2021 and our vision for 2022. EOLCCA volunteers...

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Inspiration, Stories

A Volunteer’s Story

Our client, and my friend, "Anne" died Friday, December 10. She was the mother of my best friend and the most fun-loving, bubbly, vivacious, down-to-earth woman I have ever known. I called her my “other mother.” At a cool 95, she was having a great time. She was my...

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Inspiration, Stories

Cycles of Living and Dying…

Originally published March 4, 2020 and reprinted with permission Sebastian entered the world eight weeks ahead of schedule, weighing all of two pounds. His lineage is Korean/African American/German, which may offer an insight into how determined, individualistic...

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News

COVID-19 and MAID

This KQED (San Francisco) story by April Dembosky offers a wealth of accurate information for anyone thinking about using the California End of Life Option Act (EOLOA) to access MedicalA id In Dying (MAID).  The story is a concise discussion for those...

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Advance Care Directive
News

Advance Care Planning and the Role of Hospice

"The peace of mind that results from that rich conversation improves the mental and social well-being of patients and reassures them that their family won’t experience the suffering of not knowing what they would have wanted if they became unable to participate in...

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CA State Capitol
Opinion

Making a Good Law Better

We are happy to share the following op-ed submission written by Board member Fran Johns who recently sent it to the San Francisco Chronicle.  It has yet to be published, but it is well worth sharing with our readers now.  EOLCCA is very supportive of these changes...

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Informational

Advance Directive: Part 2

For our fourth week in April honoring National Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16), we will complete this series by discussing two additional topics that can be added to an Advance Directive as addendums.  Both are important and worth discussing.  So, let’s get...

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