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Changing the End-of-Life Care Conversation Through Stories

Storytelling is a crucial aspect of changing the conversation about death and dying in our communities. In recent months, members of the Compassion & Choices African American Leadership Council  — which was founded in 2018 to bring experts from different fields together to inform Compassion & Choices’ outreach to Black communities — have shared their stories across various platforms. Dr.  E. Faye Williams, CEO and president of the Dick Gregory Society, shared how important end-of-life conversations have been in her life, from her mother to comedian and civil rights leader Dick Gregory. Joèl Maldonado, a Compassion & Choices board member, facilitated a Gullah Geechee Cultural Immersion Excursion in Beaufort, South Carolina to share grief and end-of-life traditions in the African American community.

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Litigator Advocates for End-of-Life Autonomy
July 9, 2024

Jon Eisenberg quite literally wrote the book on the Terri Schiavo case. Michael Schiavo, a Florida man, battled all the way to the Supreme Court to have the feeding tube removed for his wife Terri. Terri Schiavo was a 41-year-old woman who suffered cardiac arrest caused by an eating disorder and existed in a permanent vegetative state for 15 years before her death on March 31, 2005. When Terri’s family fought the decision to remove the feeding tube, their effort became the most publicized end-of-life case at that time. 

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National Programs Update
July 9, 2024

Compassion & Choices advocates and staff are participating in conferences, events and virtual webinars to share the organization’s mission with healthcare professionals and the public. These events are invaluable opportunities to encourage professionals in the end-of-life care world to participate in patient-centered care and advocate for the full range of end-of-life options for their patients.

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End-of-Life Choice in Your State

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Stories

Maureen Ruddy and Donna Prosser

Maureen Ruddy and Donna Prosser

The suffering that Donna’s husband and Maureen’s brother endured before he died inspired their advocacy for end-of-life care and options.
“Whether it’s palliative care or medical aid in dying, people need to be treated as members of their healthcare teams to make informed decisions about what they need.”

Rabbi Sarah Rensin

Rabbi Sarah Rensin, hospice chaplain, has helped dying people access medical aid in dying and have the spiritual ending they wanted.
“There’s a lot of comfort in just knowing there’s a spiritual person who supports your decision. That support, no matter what that person’s faith, or lack of faith, looks like is really important to people.”
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