Compassion & Choices improves care, expands options and empowers everyone to chart their end-of-life journey. We envision a society that affirms life and accepts the inevitability of death, embraces expanded options for compassionate dying, and empowers everyone to choose end-of-life care that reflects their values, priorities, and beliefs.

Across the nation, we work to ensure that healthcare providers honor and enable patients’ decisions about their care. To make this vision a reality, Compassion & Choices works nationwide in communities, state legislatures, Congress, courts and medical settings to:

  • Educate the public about the importance of documenting end-of-life values and priorities and about the full range of available options.
  • Empower every individual with achievable options, authoritative information and constructive advice for guiding their care and engaging with their providers.
  • Advocate for expanded choices, secure and ready access to them and improved medical practice that puts patients first and values quality of life in treatment plans for terminal illness.
  • Defend existing end-of-life options from efforts to restrict access.

It’s our belief — and our experience since 1980 — that the path to change starts with the individual, which is why patient-centered care stands at the core of all we do. Learn more about the Seven Principles of Patient-Centered Care.

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Compassion & Choices Programs

End-of-Life Care Planning

Our End-of-Life Information Center offers resources on end-of-life options and to help guide these important discussions with loved ones, healthcare providers and others close to us.

Community Outreach

Demand for expanded end-of-life options is strong — in red states, in blue states, across demographic groups, professional affiliations and religions and people from many communities are united to bring about change now.

Legal Advocacy

Compassion & Choices’ innovative legal advocacy program helps people achieve better medical care and gain equal access to the full range of end-of-life options.

Political Advocacy

We advocate for policies that empower people to control their own healthcare decisions at the state and federal level.

Access Campaigns

Our access program supports hospitals and healthcare systems in states where laws have been passed so that all terminally ill people who are eligible will have access to medical aid in dying.


The rapid and significant progress to advance end-of-life options is due to your commitment to take action and the dedication of nearly 8,000 Compassion & Choices volunteers nationwide.