End-of-Life Choice, Death with Dignity, Palliative Care and Counseling

How to Die in Oregon Premieres on HBO Interview Oregon Death with Dignity Expertsby Jay


On May 26th a national HBO audience will see the film viewers and critics have
praised at festivals around the country. Peter Richardson’s documentary How to
Die in Oregon
follows the decisions and experiences of people with terminal
illnesses who consider whether to achieve a peaceful death using life-ending
medication under the guidelines of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.

Sue Dessayer Porter is a Client Support Team member for Compassion & Choices
of Oregon; she appears in the documentary. Sue helps persons who are dying to
navigate the process outlined under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.
“Compassion & Choices of Oregon’s Client Support Team members help
Oregonians and families understand their choices at the end of life.”

These include options for controlled, peaceful death not just in Oregon,
Washington and Montana, but also New York, California, Illinois, Florida—
everywhere our voice reaches.” Sue serves on the boards of Compassion &
Choices at the national level and in Oregon.

Jason Renaud is Executive Director of Compassion & Choices of Oregon, which
recruits and support volunteer physicians to provide legal and medication
consultation to other Oregon physicians who’s patients ask to help them with a
peaceful death. As shown in How to Die in Oregon, the organization also supports
teams of volunteers who provide first hand support for persons who are dying and
their family members.

To interview Sue Dessayer Porter or Jason Renaud, please contact Steve Hopcraft
at the above phone or email.

For more information please visit www.compassionandchoices.org.