Compassion & Choices envisions a society that affirms life and accepts the inevitability of death, embraces expanded options for compassionate dying, and empowers everyone to choose end-of-life care that reflects their values, priorities and beliefs. We offer educational opportunities and tools to help people assess, define and communicate their values around end-of-life care — like our Truth in Treatment program, Dementia Initiative and End-of-Life Resource Center. We also are excited to announce the release of Finish Strong, a book by Compassion & Choices President Barbara Coombs Lee. Available January 8, 2019, Finish Strong is for those of us who want an end-of-life experience to match the life we’ve enjoyed — defined by love, purpose and agency. It is full of stories, facts and dialogue that will help each of us prepare for latter days that reflect our values and priorities.
Minnesota Advance Directive
State-specific advance directives make clear your end-of-life preferences if you are unable to make or communicate medical treatment decisions yourself. For the Minnesota advance directive form, click here.
The Minnesota End-of-Life Option Act (HF 1885) was introduced in the 2017-2018 biennium legislative session by Sen.Chris Eaton (DFL– chief author) and Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL – chief author). It was referred to the Health and Human Services Reform Committee.
Sen. Eaton and Rep. Mike Freiberg introduced the End-of-Life Option Act for 2017 (SF 1572,HF 1885) on March 1, 2017. Unfortunately, the bill was not heard during the 2017 legislative session.
Minnesota’s Compassionate Care Act, modeled after Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, was heard in the Senate Health, Human Services & Housing Committee on March 16, 2016. After extensive testimony, including from Brittany Maynard’s husband, Dan Diaz, who traveled from California, the bill was withdrawn for this year. Senate author Sen. Chris Eaton pledged to reintroduce the legislation in 2017 and to continue educating the public and elected officials across the state about the need for the law.