We frequently hear the question, “What can I do now?” As individuals, we have a lot of power and here are some of the things you can do:
- Know and be comfortable talking about the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. If you’d like a copy of the summary of Oregon’s law and data, please request it by emailing us.
- Talk with members of your family. This is especially important if you hope one day to have options for your end of life decisions. Be sure to have advanced directives in place and consider designating a healthcare proxy in case you are unable to make decisions.
- Talk with your doctor. Take a copy of Dr. Rowe’s JAMA article and ask if he/she has read it. Also, let your health care professionals understand your own values. Be ready for some who are not supportive. Since Medicare is now reimbursing physicians for end of life conversations, doctors are now able to provide more time for these discussions.
- Talk with your friends. Some will be grateful to hear of this movement. Others will have objections. We do need to be aware of others’ thoughts—not just their support, but also their objections.
- Support Ohio End of Life Options. The original founders of Ohio End of Life Options have generously and anonymously underwritten our growing expenses. We’re not yet a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation but our bank account is open and welcomes your help. Also let us know if you can make in-kind donations such as website help or hosting an event.
- Suggest a presentation. If you are active in other organizations, please consider whether Ohio End of Life Options information might be of interest. (Most program chairs are looking for speakers!) Remember that our program is informative rather than political. Our story is one of personal experience as well as an explanation of the Death with Dignity legislation. Please contact us if you know of a group that might be interested. Email Marge Wilson to share ideas or suggestions for initial outreach.