Compassion & Choices Colorado works with like-minded organizations to expand end-of-life care and choice.
We passed Colorado SB 102, which granted immunity to medical caregivers who unintentionally cause the death of a terminally ill patient as the result of efforts to relieve the patient’s pain.
A representative from Compassion & Choices Colorado serves as a delegate on the Colorado Advance Directive Consortium. This group helped pass a law condensing advance directives and DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) orders into a one-page, two-sided transportable document. That document can easily move from one facility to another to be quickly reviewed by healthcare providers.
If your end-of-life plans aren’t in place yet, download and complete the following Advance Directive.
The Colorado chapter has produced a film entitled Letting Go with Dignity, which presents a real-life situation when a medical crisis leaves the patient, her children, and the emergency room doctor unsure of what to do because the family had never discussed their mother’s end-of-life medical treatment wishes. The film is followed by five brief discussion segments that invite viewers to think about their own end of life concerns and how to overcome the barriers in communicating those wishes. Eventually the film, along with a moderator guide, will be produced and made available to those interested in conducting a workshop on end-of-life planning in their communities. The film and discussion segments can be viewed free of charge here.
Contact Roland Halpern, Colorado Regional Campaign and Outreach Manager, via e-mail (email@example.com) or call 303-217-2162 to learn more about what Compassion & Choices is doing in Colorado.
To learn how you can get involved with Compassion & Choices please contact our National Volunteer Coordinator, Marina Shuman via email or call 800-247-7421.