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Compassion & Choices of Washington assists people with all aspects of end-of-life decision making as they face incurable and terminal illness, pain, and suffering.
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We provide free end-of-life counseling and client support services statewide to qualified patients who desire a peaceful, humane death.
We encourage advance planning and set a new standard in Washington for advance planning documents with our Compassion & Choices of Washington Advance Directive.
We promote the use of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) for those with serious illnesses. We provide these and many other documents at no cost.
We created and played a key role in leading the coalition that passed Initiative 1000 (the Washington Death With Dignity Act) into law in November, 2008 with nearly 60 percent of the popular vote. We now steward, protect, and uphold the law.
While we believe meaningful reform must include legalization of aid in dying for qualified, terminally ill adults, we do not suggest, encourage, or promote suicide or euthanasia. We do advocate for better pain management, patient-directed end-of-life care, and expanded choice for the terminally ill.
There is never a fee for our services.