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Compassion & Choices volunteers and campaigners hold events in communities large and small across the country, including film screenings, educational presentations and advance-planning seminars. You can hear from inspiring advocates and renowned experts about end-of-life issues. Most events are free, and newcomers are welcome. 

California

Online California Statewide
California Volunteer Orientation and Onboarding Webinar
These trainings are held a couple of Thursdays per month at 9am.
To RSVP and receive instructions for joining the webinar, please complete this form.
For additional information, please contact Erika Ruiz, CA Public Outreach Manager at [email protected]

Illinois

Community Screening of “How To Die In Oregon” – FREE
Please join us for a showing of the prize-winning documentary “How To Die In Oregon”. This fascinating film follows several terminally-ill Oregon residents who utilized the Oregon pioneering (at the time) medical aid in dying law when it was enacted. The documentary includes scenes from the successful 2008 campaign to pass an aid in dying law in Washington state. The film is profound, passionate, balanced, and extremely informative. Please join us for a discussion following the screening. Sponsored by Final Options Illinois and Compassion & Choices.

Find your community screening:

Chillicothe
1:00 pm, Saturday, October 13, 2018
Chillicothe Public Library, 430 North Bradley Street

Edwardsville
2:00 pm, Sunday, October 14, 2018
Edwardsville Public Library, 112 South Kansas Street

New Jersey

 

Monday, Oct. 29
Trenton, New Jersey
Lobby Day
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Supporters of the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act will gather in Trenton for visibility and lobbying activities on each day of the remainder of the 2018 legislative session that Assemblymembers are in town to vote on legislation. Training materials, handouts, and yellow t-shirts will be provided. Join for as long as you can stay on these days. To RSVP or ask questions, contact Amanda Cavanaugh at [email protected]

Monday, Dec. 17
Trenton, New Jersey
Lobby Day
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Supporters of the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act will gather in Trenton for visibility and lobbying activities on each day of the remainder of the 2018 legislative session that Assemblymembers are in town to vote on legislation. Training materials, handouts, and yellow t-shirts will be provided. Join for as long as you can stay on these days. To RSVP or ask questions, contact Amanda Cavanaugh at [email protected]

New York

Wednesday, October 24
Albany
Making Friends & Influencing Lawmakers
In 2019, New York lawmakers will be asked to decide where they stand on legislation that would authorize medical aid in dying. Beyond signing a petition or joining a Lobby Day in support of the Medical Aid in Dying Act, what more can you do? What can you do to become an influencer: someone your lawmaker will listen to? Compassion & Choices New York’s partner, Death with Dignity-Albany, will host this program featuring campaign director Corinne Carey and campaign organizer Amanda Cavanaugh. Come to this session to find out more. To RSVP, email [email protected]

Monday, October 29
New York City
Artist Reception & Conversation: Can we Improve the Aesthetics of End of Life Care in the Hospital, or Avoid it Altogether?
7 pm – 9 pm
RIO2 Gallery/Broadway Housing Communities/Harlem
583 Riverside Drive
corner of 135th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10031
Join artist & end of life doula Marne Lucas, artist and Mt. Sinai chaplain Maggie Keogh, and Jeff Struthers, ACNP/Spero Medical Partners for an art exhibition and discussion as part of the citywide program of events hosted by Reimage End of Life (you can learn more about Reimagine here: https://letsreimagine.org/new-york) For more information, email [email protected]

Tuesday, October 30
New York City
Cocktails & Compassion: Reimagining the End-of-Life Experience with Compassion & Choices (A Cocktail Reception & Fundraiser at Death & Co.)
4 – 6 pm
Death & Co.
433 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009
Save the Date to Join Compassion & Choices New York and special guests Dan Diaz and Barbara Coombs Lee at a special reception hosted at the East Village cocktail bar Death & Co. Dan’s wife Brittany Maynard left her California home for Oregon to access its Death with Dignity law when terminal brain cancer caused needless suffering. Barbara is the President of Compassion & Choices, and will talk briefly about her forthcoming book Finishing Strong. This event is part of the citywide program of events hosted by Reimage End of Life (you can learn more about Reimagine here: https://letsreimagine.org/new-york)
Suggested donation levels: $50 – $250. For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected]

Thursday, November 1
New York City
Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Event
11 am – 12:30 pm
The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002
Join the Latino Commission on AIDS and Compassion & Choices New York for a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) candle-lighting ceremony in New York City on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m., to honor the memory of those passed.

We expect this event to be a beautiful celebration to remember those who endured a horrific dying process. A procession and news conference will follow the lighting of candles.

Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday on the first and second day of November. It is a time when families celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed by luring them with gifts, beautiful altars and visits to their graves. The holiday is a time to embrace death as a part of the human experience in a colorful and festive celebration. It is also a very opportune time to talk about the importance of communicating with our doctors and loved ones what we want if we become too sick to speak for ourselves whether we would want to be kept ‘alive’ with aggressive medical treatments that only prolong the dying process.

While Día de Muertos originated in Mexico, the holiday has now migrated to other countries throughout the world, including the United States. People traditionally paint their faces with skull designs and dress up in bright, lively colors.

We are encouraging guests to bring an 8×10 photo of their loved ones and paint their faces with calaveras, or white skulls with colorful features, to lead a procession to an altar inside the venue to support New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act. For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected]

Tuesday, October 30
New York City
Community Listening Session on New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act
Noon – 1:30 pm
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012

Faced with a terminal diagnosis, when all options for treatment have been exhausted, New Yorkers deserve the full range of medically appropriate options for care at the end of life.

New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act (S3151/A2383) would authorize medical aid in dying for terminally ill adults with less than six months to live and found by two doctors to be mentally capable to make this medical decision. The law would give eligible patients the option to request a prescription for medication they can take to shorten a difficult, painful dying process.

Come learn about the legislation, ask questions, and learn what’s next for the medical aid-in-dying campaign in New York State.

To RSVP, email [email protected]

Thursday, November 8
Scarsdale
Focus on Life’s End: Expanding Options and Improving Care in the Empire State
JCC of Mid-Westchester
999 Wilmot Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583
A thoughtful discussion on improving care and expanding end-of-life care options by authorizing medical aid in dying in the Empire State. The event will bring together a lively panel of presenters who will share diverse viewpoints on the issue and engage in discussion prompted by questions from the audience. Special guest speaker, Compassion & Choices Medical Director, retired family physician and medical aid in dying prescriber from Oregon Dr. David Grube, will be joined by Assemblymember Amy Paulin, sponsor of New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act. This event is co-hosted by New York Civil Liberties Union Lower Hudson Valley Chapter, Westchester League of Women Voters, WESPAC, and the Ethical Society of Northern Westchester. For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected]

Each Tuesday between January – June 2019, Compassion & Choices will host a Lobby Day in Albany so that supporters can visit the capitol and meet with lawmakers throughout the legislative session. For more information about these events, please email [email protected]. There will be special Tuesdays throughout the session, and if you’d like to participate with your community in co-hosting one of these days, please let us know (i.e., North Country Day, or Long Island Day).