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.

Compassion & Choices improves care, expands options and empowers everyone to chart their end-of-life journey. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We work across the nation 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.

Our Strategic Plan

Our roadmap to success centers on three long-term objectives within our Strategic Plan to achieve our mission to advance end-of-life choice and care:

  • We have set the bold intention that by 2028, half the U.S. population will live in a location where medical aid in dying is an open and accessible medical practice.
  • We seek to diversify the movement in the areas of race, religion, party affiliation and age, so that people of all demographic groups approach life’s end equipped with information and encouraged to claim their voice.
  • We seek to ensure that more patients can access the care they want — nothing more and nothing else — with a particular focus on transforming how people with dementia die.



Our Philosophy

Everything we do at Compassion & Choices is about empowering patients to claim their voice and agency in end-of-life care. Our philosophy is grounded in two primary factors:

  • Patient-Centered Care. We believe the path to change starts with the individual, which is why patient-centered care stands at the core of all we do. 
  • A Diverse, Equitable & Inclusive Movement. We believe all people should receive healthcare that is consistent with their values and priorities regardless of gender identity, age, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, wealth, marital status or disability. Read a message from C&C’s President & CEO, Kim Callinan about our commitment and efforts to create a diverse, inclusive and equitable workforce and movement. 

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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. Read our Diversity & Inclusion Values Statement. 

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.