Advanced End-of-Life Options Training for Doulas

Doula Training in EOL Options brochure

Advanced Training for End of Life Doulas: two required sessions (via Zoom). 9AM-1PM (Pacific) on Saturdays, Jan 13 and Jan 20, 2024.

End of Life Choices California is pleased and honored to announce a new educational opportunity being offered to certified End-of-Life Doulas. We will be holding our first Advanced End-of-Life Options doula training in January 2024, live on Zoom, designed to enhance the training that certified end-of-life doulas have already completed.

The training is being offered to already certified End-of-Life Doulas from anywhere in the U.S. Please visit our website for more information.

You will also find an application for the January training and a printable brochure about the new program. Questions can be answered by emailing doula@endoflifechoicesca.org. EOLCCA plans to offer this training 2 or 3 times a year, or as demand dictates.

Advanced End-of-Life Options Training for Doulas

Doula Training in EOL Options brochure

Advanced Training for End of Life Doulas: two required sessions (via Zoom). 9AM-1PM (Pacific) on Saturdays, Jan 13 and Jan 20, 2024.

End of Life Choices California is pleased and honored to announce a new educational opportunity being offered to certified End-of-Life Doulas. We will be holding our first Advanced End-of-Life Options doula training in January 2024, live on Zoom, designed to enhance the training that certified end-of-life doulas have already completed.

The training is being offered to already certified End-of-Life Doulas from anywhere in the U.S. Please visit our website for more information.

You will also find an application for the January training and a printable brochure about the new program. Questions can be answered by emailing doula@endoflifechoicesca.org. EOLCCA plans to offer this training 2 or 3 times a year, or as demand dictates.

“Jack Has A Plan” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Jack Has A Plan

Saturday, October 21st, 3:30-5:30 PM; San Dieguito United Methodist Church, Encinitas

You are cordially invited to view the new award-winning film, Jack Has A Plan, hosted by Hemlock Society San Diego and End of Life Choices California. It’s the story of Jack Tuller, whose career as a budding San Francisco musician was altered in 1994, when he was diagnosed with a terminal condition and given six months to live. Jack Has a Plan tells the story of the following 25 years, as Jack dodges one bullet after the next. But Jack somehow turns his predicament into a Left Coast art-performance project, complete with experimental movies, diaries, and funky dance moves. Finally, Jack engineers a graceful exit from life’s stage. San Francisco Examiner says “As joyous, thrilling and funny as any film about death could be.”  Click to watch a  trailer for the documentary

General admission tickets are $12, and can be purchased here.  The film will be followed by a Q&A and panel discussion with Dr. Donnie Moore MD, Board Member, Hemlock Society of San Diego; Judy Epstein, Executive Director, End of Life Choices California; and Janet Hager, Board Member, Hemlock Society of San Diego.


End of Life Choices CaliforniaEnd of Life Choices California’s mission is to provide Californians the information and support to successfully navigate their legal end-of-life options.  Relevant topics include Advance Care Planning; the California End of Life Option Act (EOLA); eligibility requirements for Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD); and Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED)–a legal option in all 50 states. Our volunteers are very knowledgeable about both hospice and palliative care and can explain the differences between the two services.

Be sure to check our Resources page for Q/A; information on books, films, and organizations; sign up for our blog; see upcoming events; and so much more.  To request a speaker for your group or organization, click here.

“Jack Has A Plan” Screening and Panel Discussion

Jack Has A Plan

Tuesday, September 12th, 7 PM at The New Parkway Theater, Oakland CA

Join us for a screening of JACK HAS A PLAN, an award-winning documentary about Jack Tuller, a man with a terminal brain tumor for 25 years who decides to end his life, as his family and friends struggle to accept his decision. Jack’s best friend documents his three-year quest to die a happy man, culminating in a permanent going-away party.  Click to watch a  trailer for the documentary

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Isabella Miller, Program Director, Berkeley Film Foundation; and will include Brad Berman, the director of the film; Stewart Florsheim, VP, Board of Directors, End of Life Choices California; and Susan Gess, PharmD, Retired Clinical Pharmacist at Kaiser Permanente and member of the Advisory Council, End of Life Choices California.

You can purchase tickets in advance here, or buy them at the door (if available).
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End of Life Choices CaliforniaEnd of Life Choices California’s mission is to provide Californians the information and support to successfully navigate their legal end-of-life options.  Relevant topics include Advance Care Planning; the California End of Life Option Act (EOLA); eligibility requirements for Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD); and Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED)–a legal option in all 50 states. Our volunteers are very knowledgeable about both hospice and palliative care and can explain the differences between the two services.

Be sure to check our Resources page for Q/A; information on books, films, and organizations; sign up for our blog; see upcoming events; and so much more.  To request a speaker for your group or organization, click here.

Hillcrest Retirement Community: End of Life Options

February 15, 2024 at 2 pm  Live Presentation.  Private for Residents of Hillcrest Retirement Community

Residents of Hillcrest retirement Community are invited to join End of Life Choices California (EOLCCA) Founding Director Lynne Calkins, and Client Volunteer Thom Bettinger who will highlight services provided by this organization whose goal is to help ensure that people are able to receive the information and support they need to advocate for and experience the death they wish.

The presentation will cover such topics as:

  • Advance care planning – Advance care planning is a process that enables individuals to make plans about their future health care. Advance care planning is applicable to adults at all stages of life. Participation in advance care planning has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety for patients and their families, and lead to improvements in end of life care.
  • Updates to the California End of Life Option Act – as of January 1, 2022:
    • The new bill reduces the waiting period between the required two oral requests to 48 hours
    • Healthcare systems and hospices now have to post their aid-in-dying policies on their websites.
    • The final attestation form is no longer needed.  
    • The amendment also clarifies that MAID medication can be taken within a healthcare facility.
  • Eligibility Requirements for MAID – Must be 18 years or older; Must be of sound mind and exhibit appropriate decision-making capabilities to the attending physician; Must be able to self-ingest the medication either orally or by pushing through an NG tube; and Must be diagnosed with a terminal disease, with a life expectancy of six months or less, by two physicians.

For more information contact: Lynne Calkins, LCalkins@endoflifechoicesca.org


End of Life Choices CaliforniaEnd of Life Choices California’s mission is to provide Californians the information and support to successfully navigate their legal end-of-life options.  Relevant topics include Advance Care Planning; the California End of Life Option Act (EOLA); eligibility requirements for Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD); and Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED)–a legal option in all 50 states. Our volunteers are very knowledgeable about both hospice and palliative care and can explain the differences between the two services.

Be sure to check our Resources page for Q/A; information on books, films, and organizations; sign up for our blog; see upcoming events; and so much more.  To request a speaker for your group or organization, click here.