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An affiliate of Compassion & Choices
Mountain Reflection

We support those facing the end of life
and advocate for the right to a peaceful, humane death.


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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.                           

News & Announcements

Compassion & Choices of Washington is seeking a part-time (20 hours/week) Client Support Volunteer Coordinator.

Responsibilities: Complete responsibility for Compassion & Choices of Washington’s free client support program, including recruiting, training, and evaluating volunteers; leading regular volunteer team meetings; overseeing the proper use of the web-based client record system; developing and revising policies for the provision of client services.

Salary and Benefits: Salary: DOE. Benefits: full medical and dental, generous paid vacation and holidays, work from home.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have volunteer management and coordination experience or the equivalent; excellent verbal and written communication skills; well-organized and detail-oriented work style; ability to manage multiple tasks; ability to work well individually and as part of a team; excellent telephone manner and comfort in speaking with terminally ill clients; excellent database and MS Office skills; a flexible schedule; a Valid driver’s license and ability to drive long distances. An RN or MSW is desirable, but not required.

Apply: View our website before submitting an application. To apply, submit a cover letter and a resume to info@compassionwa.org or Personnel, Compassion & Choices of Washington, PO Box 61369, Seattle, WA 98141 by August 15, 2014. In your cover letter, please describe why you want to work for a social justice organization that advocates for excellent, patient-centered end-of-life care, including the option of Death With Dignity. Contact info@compassionwa.org for the full position description.

COMPASSION & CHOICES OF WASHINGTON follows personnel procedures that will ensure equal opportunity for all people without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ancestry, marital status, disability, veteran or draft status.

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