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Death With Dignity – Six-Word Story Project

These personal stories and intimate portraits of death-with-dignity advocates is part of Compassion & Choices Massachusetts 2014-15 campaign to raise awareness about the need for a compassionate aid in dying law in our state. This online slide show tells each person’s story in a few words. Please share it with your family, friends and social networks to help us spread the word. Thanks to everyone who contributed their story for making this project possible!

Photo Credit: Robert Linsdell

Our momentum in Massachusetts is growing, as shown in increasing legislative and popular support for death with dignity.

Popular support for death with dignity has grown to over 70 percent in Massachusetts, and C&C is leveraging that into legislative support for a bill in the 2015-16 legislative session. Currently there are 39 (and counting) lawmakers co-sponsoring an aid-in-dying bill – that’s almost 20% of the leadership and three times the number last session. Our team in Massachusetts also devotes a lot of energy to getting information about end-of-life options and advance planning into every corner of the state through presentations, public tabling events, film screenings and workshops. Use the contact information below to find out how you can get involved.


Barbara Mancini, an ER nurse featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes, endured a year-long nightmare for handing her father his bottle of legally prescribed morphine. Thankfully, Barbara’s unjust and cruel prosecution was dismissed with your help as a Compassion & Choices supporters. Barbara will be here in October to share her story with you and other supporters. Join Barbara to hear her story first-hand at the date and time most convenient to you.

When: Wednesday, October 21st – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. CLICK HERE 
Where: First Parish Church, Barn Room, 3 Church St., Cambridge

When: Thursday, October 22nd – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  CLICK HERE
Where: Somerville Library – 79 Highland Avenue, Somerville

When: Sunday, October 25th – 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. CLICK HERE 
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport

Statewide Hearing

Our aid-in-dying bill comes before the Joint Public Health Committee in a public hearing on Tuesday, October 27th at the State House. Let’s show up to the State House and call on our legislators to authorize aid in dying here in Massachusetts. The Hearing will take place in Rms. A1-A2.

At our 2013 hearing we had nearly 200 supporters present, and heard many remarkable testimonies in support of aid in dying. We must exceed those numbers this year. The best way to help move legislation forward is by showing our legislators that support for aid in dying continues to grow across the Commonwealth, as it has across the nation.

CLICK HERE to RSVP for this important hearing.

Jeffersonian Dinners

What is a “Jeffersonian Dinner”? Approximately twelve individuals gather for an evening of food and shared conversation with a purpose of discussing one issue. The purpose is to encourage dialogue among the guests with one person serving as the moderator and facilitator. This is the 5th time Compassion & Choices’ has hosted a dinner of this type. Guests commented that it was one of the most interesting gatherings they’d ever attended and were pleasantly surprised by how much they enjoyed examining a topic they’d never discussed in a social setting that some might think taboo or uncomfortable. You can watch a Ted Talk about it by an officer at Monticello: www.tinyurl.com/TJDinner

Benefit Jeffersonian Dinner with​ Barbara Mancini, whose arrest and year-long​ ​court battle sparked national outrage
Monday, October 26th, 6PM​ ​at a lovely private home
​Tax Deductible donation of $2,500 / person requested – which will be doubled by an anonymous donor for a total impact of $7,500

Benefit Jeffersonian Dinner with Dan Diaz,​ ​whose​ ​late​ ​wife, Brittany Maynard, became the​ ​Face of the National Death with Dignity Movement
Monday, October 26th, 6PM​ ​at a lovely private home
​Tax Deductible donation of $2,500 / person requested – which will be doubled by an anonymous donor for a total impact of $7,500

To participate in a Jeffersionian Dinner, contact Jared Hughes, Major Gifts Officer for more information at 202-277-4557 [email protected]


Massachusetts Advance Directive

If your end-of-life plans aren’t in place yet, download and complete the following Advance Directive

Contact Information

To learn how you can get involved with Compassion & Choices please contact [email protected] via email or call 800-247-7421.

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