Compassion & Choices’ End-of-Life Consultation program (EOLC) provides information on the full range of options at the end of life. EOLC, and representatives of EOLC, do not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any legal advice. Compassion & Choices does not endorse or encourage any particular plan or option, our goal is simply to educate people on the full range of their end-of-life options. Whether to implement a plan or make an end-of-life decision is each individual’s choice.
Call 1-800-247-7421 to speak with an end-of-life consultant.
**EOLC is not a crisis line. If you are having an emergency go to your local emergency room or call emergency services at 911.
How We Help
Our caring EOLC consultants provide information and education on:
- Benefits of palliative and hospice care
- Completing advance directives
- Ways to navigate the healthcare system
- How friends and family members can advocate for their loved ones
- How to ask for effective pain and symptom management
- Medical aid in dying for terminally ill, mentally capable adults
- Other means for attaining a peaceful death, such as
- voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED)
- refusing unwanted medical treatment
- discontinuing life-sustaining treatment under the care of a physician
- Compassionate, patient-centered end-of-life care
Language interpreter services are available.
Death and dying can be difficult subjects, but not for us. We are comfortable having these conversations. We are not a religious organization, nor do we promote any one ethical perspective or belief system. We offer an atmosphere free from judgment, honoring all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, culture, ethnicity or any other factor.
Frequently Asked Questions About End-of-Life Consultation
Q: Where do I find advance planning and end-of-life information, or forms such as a state-specific advance directive? Our End-of-Life Planning page has advance healthcare planning and end-of-life information, resources and forms that you can download and print from home computers.
Q: What should I expect if I call an end-of-life consultant? Our 1-800 number connects callers to a confidential voicemail system. A highly trained consultant will return the call to learn about the situation and provide information and support.
Q: How do I discuss my end-of-life wishes with my doctor or family members? Plainly, simply and honestly. Speaking with one of our end-of-life consultants often helps people clarify their goals so they can more easily communicate them to others.
Q: If I live in a state that does not yet authorize aid in dying should I move to a state that does? That depends; there are multiple options available to people across the nation. An end-of-life consultant can share information about the choices that are available and support those considering aid in dying based on their situation and values.
Q: Can a consultant give me a referral or a list of doctors who are willing to prescribe aid-in-dying medication in my area? We do not maintain a list of doctors who prescribe medical aid-in-dying medication. At Compassion & Choices we are working towards the goal that all providers and medical systems provide the full range of end-of-life care options. Our consultants can provide you information on supportive healthcare systems as well as useful language to use to request a referral from your current provider or when changing healthcare providers to access supportive systems. However, if you live in select states, you can use our Find Care Tool to find healthcare systems near you who have supportive policies.