End-of-Life Choice, Palliative Care and Counseling

High School Students Win Scholarships for Essays on Matters of Life & Deathby Jay


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Senior Christopher Hyde of San Jose won the first-place $1,000 prize in Compassion & Choices of Northern California’s fourth annual scholarship contest. Christopher’s essay highlighting the necessity, safety and benefits of the aid-in-dying option was chosen out of 185 entries from across Northern California. Erin Breska, an Oakland senior, wrote from her experience as a hospice volunteer and was awarded $500 for second place.

“We want to expose students to the issues surrounding aid in dying and develop their awareness of the aid-in-dying movement,” said Paula Taubman, Executive Director of Compassion & Choices of Northern California, “as well as provide financial assistance for further education.”

The writers responded to the following question:
Why should California pass a law that protects aid in dying for terminally ill patients who are suffering at the end of their lives?

Essays were judged on originality of thought, quality and clarity of presentation, correct use of terminology, familiarity with the issues, original application of research, and potential shown by the author. Read the students’ winning essays and learn more about this annual scholarship contest at http://compassionandchoicesnca.org/Newsletter/0/News.html – 1.

Compassion & Choices of Northern California seeks to educate terminally ill individuals and their families about their rights to a dignified, humane, and peaceful death. We provide services appropriate to a diverse community with a focus on comfort care and pain management. Additionally, we strive to increase awareness of, and access to, the full range of end-of-life choices by educating the public at large and by advocating change to existing laws.

For more information please visit www.compassionandchoicesnca.org.