End-of-Life Choice, Death with Dignity, Palliative Care and Counseling

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The Importance of Storytelling 

Telling our personal stories can be powerful. As a direct result of one woman’s courageous decision to share her ordeal with the world, the end-of-life choice movement has gained unprecedented momentum culminating in the passage of the End of Life Option Act in California.

Brittany Maynard’s story has been vital to our recent success in California and across the nation. Your story could be the one on which our work continues to build.

We are creating a nation-wide database of stories and a network of storytellers to help us make the case for improving end-of-life care and influencing community leaders and policy makers.

Nothing advances our common cause like the power of stories because stories are how we interpret and understand the world around us. When we tell our stories, we can connect people to our work in ways they’ve never experienced before. And connecting with people can move them to action.

Please complete the form below to tell us about difficulties you’ve experienced with our current healthcare system or tools that helped you overcome obstacles. We know your stories are very personal, so rest assured that we will not publicize your story until we have spoken to you and you give your final approval.

Thank you for your willingness to share your story.

All stories about your healthcare experience are encouraged; we read every one, and we will never use any story without permission.

Featured Storytellers

Brittany Maynard shared her story with the world with the help of Compassion & Choices in October of 2014. The impact she made by doing so is immeasurable, and we know that there are countless stories out there that could make the same kind of difference. If you’re not familiar with Brittany, watch this amazing woman tell her story in the video below.

A public relations professional by trade, Jennifer had a following before she ever became involved with Compassion & Choices. Before her death in August 2015, Jennifer worked tirelessly and “at the top of her lungs” to pass aid-in-dying legislation in her home-state of California.

Christy O’Donnell is 46 years old and has terminal cancer. A single mother, a former cop and a practicing attorney, she wants the world to know how the lack of end-of-life options in California is affecting her final days.

Palm Springs resident Bill Bentinck. Here he remembers the Kafkaesque day his wife died and he was arrested for her murder.

Between the excruciatingly painful deaths of her grandmother 62 years ago and her sister in July of 2014, Anita Freeman had seen enough. Through C&C she was able to channel her sorrow into a passionate pledge to work for expanded end of life options. What is your inspiration?