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Last month Derek Humphry was given the World Federation of Right To Die Societies “Lifetime Achievement Award” for ‘contributing so much, so long and so courageously to our right to a peaceful death.’

The award was presented by world president Faye Girsh at the 20th international conference in Chicago on 9/19/2014. It is the first time this award has been made.

Derek began working in the right-to-die movement in l978. He founded the original Hemlock Society USA in 1980. (It ceased in 2003) Since l993 he has been president of the Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization (ERGO).

He is the author of the best-selling books ‘Jean’s Way’ and ‘Final Exit’.

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Doctors in the Netherlands assisted 4,829 people to die in 2013, representing a 15% percent increase over 2012. The vast majority of cases involved patients suffering with cancer or unbearable pain, according to a report published by the five regional review committees.

The report outlined how doctors working in 2013 performed the euthanasia procedure in almost all cases. The committee flagged doctors in five cases because they did not perform the procedure according to the guidelines. In two cases, doctors made mistakes in their methodology, prescribing a non-standard drug to make the patient comatose. In none of the five cases were the errors so severe that the Public Prosecutor had to be called in.

Of the 4,829 people who were assisted, almost 3,600 were suffering from cancer related illnesses, 42 people reported having the procedure due to severe psychiatric problems, and 97 due to dementia cases where the patents were able to communicate their wish to die.

Euthanasia has been legal in the Netherlands under strict conditions since 2002.

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The ADVANCE DIRECTIVE (also known as a Living Will)

You can download an Advance Directive for $5 at this site:


Drawn up by Faye Girsh, EdD, former chief executive of the Hemlock Society USA, the Advance Directive available through ERGO does not claim to be an enforceable legal document. It is an honest expression of a person’s wishes while they still have all their marbles. Intelligent, caring people would likely respect it as a human right.

Dr. Girsh calls her document “My Last Wishes (in the event of irreversible cognitive decline)” and outlines how you would wish to be treated if a brain affliction ever affected you.

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Gerald A. Larue dies at 98; former minister debunked biblical stories
By Elaine Woo of the Los Angeles Times 09.22.14

Gerald A. Larue — an ordained minister who became an agnostic, archeologist, religious scholar and debunker of claims such as Lazarus rising from the dead and the discovery of Noah’s ark — has died. He was 98.

The longtime USC professor of religion and gerontology died Wednesday in Newport Beach after a stroke, said his son, David.

“He was an inspirational thinker, and that’s an oxymoron, especially in religion,” said USC professor of gerontology Vern Bengtson. “You find people who are an inspiration and people who are thinkers; they often do not go together. But Gerry was able to do that.”

During an academic career spanning five decades, Larue became a widely cited expert on topics including Satanism, visions of Mary, and death and dying. He wrote or co-wrote a dozen books, including the provocatively titled “Sex and the Bible” (1983) and “Playing God: Fifty Religions’ Views on Your Right to Die” (1996).

In 1980 he became founding president of the Hemlock Society, conceived by “Final Exit” author and right-to-die movement pioneer Derek Humphry to provide information to the terminally ill and legalize physician-assisted suicide.

“He stepped up to the plate when others were afraid,” Humphry Continue Reading »

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World Leaders in Right to Die with Dignity Movement to Meet in Chicago

Members of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, comprising 52 organizations in 27 countries, will meet in Chicago September 17-21. Hosting is Final Exit Network, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization serving members in the United States who are suffering from intolerable physical conditions and are considering ending their misery and their lives.

The presenters will include the giants of our global movement, death-with-dignity’s forerunners. Each speaker has historically played an important part in allowing our collective voice to be heard. They will air developments in their respective countries and discuss issues that break current barriers, such as old -age rational suicide and euthanasia for consenting children. Their stories are replete with risk-taking, courage, and drama. Audience members will reap from this conference a far deeper understanding of the issues involved.

All the delegates’ presentations – no matter how controversial, leading-edge, and provocative – will be open to the press. Among them will be those from the Netherlands and Switzerland and others from the vanguard of the Movement, our “elders,” with wisdom and experience to share. The full program and speaker biographies are available at http://www.wfconf2014.com/

Delegates will be welcomed by a video recording of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s sharing his support of assisted dying. As a colleague and friend of the late Nelson Mandela he was critical of the drawn-out and undignified death of South Africa’s most famous leader.

FEN is an all-volunteer, 3000 -member organization that offers counseling, support, and specific information on self-deliverance if a member wants to explore that option. FEN President Stephenson stresses that “FEN does not encourage anyone to end his or her life, does not provide the means to do so, and does not actively assist in the person’s death. We do, however, believe in the ultimate human right of people to end their life when medical circumstances justify that choice, and we support them in whatever choice they make.”

In the U.S., only Final Exit Network supports qualified members who are not “terminal” (with a projected 6 months left to live), because some serious diseases create years of misery before that final stage is reached.

Contact this website: www.finalexitnetwork.org, or call 866-654-9156.

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Sorry to have to say this, but reports are pouring in of scams and fakes on foreign orders for barbiturates, notably Nembutal and Seconal. It is getting worse. I don’t advise you risk any of them. Regrets….Derek Humphry (‘Final Exit’)

The Canadian Medical Association, which has had a permanent policy saying doctors should not participate in euthanasia or assisted suicide, is softening its stance.

Delegates to the organization’s general council decided 19 August that the CMA now “supports the right of all physicians, within the bounds of existing legislation, to follow their conscience when deciding whether to provide medical aid in dying.”

This recognizes that, while assisting death is still a crime in Canada, the attitudes of Canadians, including those of physicians, are changing quickly, and so is the law.

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Final Exit Network is ten

10th Anniversary of Founding

The Final Exit Network will be ten years old this Thursday, having been founded in Chicago on August 14, 2004, by ten persons, eight of whom are still with us. It came into being as a result of the closure of the Hemlock Society USA (1980-2003)

For further details, such as who did it, see Richard Cote’s book “In Search of Gentle Death” at page 369.

Web: www.finalexitnetwork.org

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Following raids by law enforcement in US and Canada on manufacturers, nobody now supplies the ready-made helium hood kit for self-deliverance from a terminal illness. (GLADD is gone.)

But there is now a substitute in my pamphlet “How to make your own helium hood kit” which can be downloaded as an illustrated pdf at this web site:

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Derek Humphry’s three books on euthanasia, mostly centered on self-directed death also known as self-deliverance from a terminal or hopeless illness, are now available on Kindle.

(1) Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying.
(2) Jean’s Way: A Love story.
(3) Good Life, Good Death: Memoir of a journalist and right-to-die activist.

They are also available from ERGO Bookstore at www.finalexit.org/ergo-store in either paperback or ebook pdf download or from Amazon.com

There is also “Final Exit on DVD” which is the illustrated account of the famous book.

From ERGO Bookstore only, there is ‘How to Make Your Own Helium Hood Kit.” It can be downloaded at the ERGO internet bookstore.

For an Advance Directive (Living Will) dealing with the possibility of Alzheimer’s Disease, or dementia, in the future, download it from the ERGO Bookstore under the icon “Control and Choice”

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