News From Compassion & Choices, August 2021

August 31, 2021


Compassion & Choices

Note From the President and CEO

President and CEO Kim Callinan

From a painful topic few people wanted to discuss, and few lawmakers wanted to back, we’ve won the passionate support of people across the country. Read more or watch the video.

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Supporter Spotlight: Joél Simone Anthony

Profile view of Joél Simone Anthony in a white dress in front of pink flowers

Atlanta-based funeral director, sacred grief practitioner, educator and member of Compassion & Choices’ African American Leadership Council JoéI Simone Anthony answered a calling to help people navigate issues around dying — and prioritize talking about it. Read more.

Remembering Bonnie Edelstein and Robert Milch

Bonnie Edelstein and Robert Milch

Compassion & Choices is eternally grateful for the devotion to the end-of-life choice movement of two New York advocates who recently passed: Bonnie Edelstein, founder and director of Death With Dignity Albany; and Robert Milch, founder of Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo, one of the nation’s first hospices.

In the Media

  • Advocacy and Outreach Program Manager Tim Appleton was quoted in Delaware State News about the Ron Silverio/Heather Block Delaware End of Life Options Act saying, “We’re hopeful that lawmakers will hear the stories of our very own supporters who are desperate for this option.”
  • New York’s Daily Gazette reported on a potential merger between Schenectady’s Ellis Medicine and St. Peter’s Health Partners, and the lack of information about future implications. President and CEO Kim Callinan noted, “Patients nearing the end of life, seeking compassionate care — such as voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, palliative sedation, withdrawal of care — may no longer have access to these options.”
  • Compassion & Choices supporter Pam Wald spoke to news source Ivanhoe about the importance of advance directives and making sure your healthcare providers are aware of your end-of-life wishes and priorities.
  • Kim Callinan and National Director of Integrated Programs Matt Whitaker discussed Compassion & Choices’ dementia tools on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio the first national broadcast exclusively devoted to discussing dementia, which you can also watch.

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