HONOLULU (July 2, 2013)—Compassion & Choices mourns the passing and lauds the work of former Hawaii state representative Ernest “Juggie” Heen, who died June 30 in Honolulu at age 82 after a long bout with cancer.
Juggie was a tireless advocate for end-of-life choice in the 50th state. He was instrumental in helping to launch the Compassion & Choices “Join Juggie” campaign to activate Hawaii’s constellation of laws that empower terminally ill, mentally competent patients to make their own decisions about end-of-life care, treatment for pain and aid in dying. Thanks to his efforts, he had a choice at the end of life—as do the thousands of Hawaii residents who have attended Compassion & Choices meetings and trainings, considered requests for aid in dying, or simply become more aware of their options for a peaceful death.
“Juggie’s vision and commitment lives on as part of our landmark strategy to expand end-of-life liberty within the scope of existing law whenever possible,” said Mary Steiner, Hawaii campaign manager for Compassion & Choices. “His leadership continues to inspire us as we strive to protect the rights of individual patients and their doctors to make their own end of life decisions, including aid-in-dying if they so choose, free from government interference or persecution.”
About Compassion & Choices Hawaii
Compassion & Choices Hawaii is the local affiliate of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. It provides expert consultation, advice, information and emotional support for patients and families, as well as information and medical expertise to participating physicians and other medical providers. All services are confidential and free of charge. For more information or to request services call 800-247-7421 or visit www.compassionandchoices.org/hawaii.