Over 100 expert staff and volunteers stand ready to serve in every state. We help with advance directives, local referrals, information and support on end-of-life care and decision making. Call 800.247.7421 or email. Here are some of their general FAQs.
Q: What should I expect when I talk to a counselor?
- Our 800 number connects you with a confidential voicemail system, and we check messages at least twice daily. A trained professional counselor will then call back to answer all your questions, find out more about you and allow you to talk openly.
Q: How do I discuss my end-of-life wishes with my doctor or family members?
- Plainly, simply and honestly. Speaking with one of our end-of-life counselors often helps people clarify their goals so they can more easily communicate them to others.
Q: Where can I find information about advance directives?
- You can find information and advance directive forms for every state on our advance planning information page. If you have difficulty completing them, one of our end-of-life counselors will gladly assist you.
Q: If I live in a state with no law protecting aid in dying, should I move to Oregon or Washington?
- No; there are many options available to people across the nation, which an end-of-life counselor can explain to you. Compassion & Choices wants everyone with a terminal illness to have a peaceful death no matter which state they live in.
Q: Where can I get the pill to end my life?
- This is the question we hear most often, and people ask it with many different things in mind. In certain cases a lethal dose of medication, prescribed by a physician and self-ingested, can be the best path to a gentle death. After a thorough conversation with you and perhaps your family, our counselors may provide information regarding medication and how to obtain it.