From left: Doug Schattinger, Lisa Vigil Schattinger, Annie & Rick Hubbard
Ohio End of Life Options has received its first grant.
The Hubbard Family Foundation has generously given $1,000 as seed money to support our group’s efforts in educational outreach about death with dignity-style laws.
Rick and Annie Hubbard said, “We believe that mentally fully functioning adults should have at their disposal the complete range of options to complete their lives with the same sense of pride and dignity that they lived it. The development of hospice care, advance care directives and health care proxies have improved all of our abilities to continue to live and die in ways that are most comfortable to ourselves.
“Development of Death with Dignity laws will further enhance our abilities to complete each of our lives in our way. We are very proud and pleased to be able to support Ohio End of Life Options.”
Please join the Hubbards in supporting Ohio End of Life Options’ efforts by donating today!
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:
- 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.