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April 25, 2013
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April 25, 2013
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I learned about this organization when I was looking for a group that deals with my concerns about having a choice about how I might die. I have had many exchanges with the staff , and I have started working with a group in Clearwater FL. I think these issues are extremely important, and I like the thoughtful, caring way this organization approaches them.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

I counsel clients of Compassion & Choices. They are self referred to the local chapter. I engage clients to explore their choices for medical care when they know they have only a few months to live. Their legal options include some that are not normally discussed by Hospice or their physician. I join my fellow volunteers on monthly phone conferences where politics, the law, and state and federal legislation is clarified. My only role in the Compassion and Choices organization is to promote autonomy and liberty for personal choices of medical care at the end of life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have attended the annual training seminars conducted by Compassion and Choices managers to remain up to date on the law: California AB 2747 - the patients' right-to-know act - and other state and federal laws supporting "death with dignity"

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any changes, beyond the obvious need for more personal and financial support for its mission to improve death with dignity in America.

March 12, 2009

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March 12, 2009

When I raise the subject among friends about personal choice in dying, there is broad agreement that they would like to have control of their death. Since my training as a Compassion & Choices volunteer I have had excellent support from the professional team in being informed before visiting a client and throughout the process of supporting the client. I am pleased that Washington State has followed the Oregon model and am hopeful that my state, Florida will begin to see the light.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Training and support as a volunteer.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Professional and peer support

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Compassionate and helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring the laws of all 50 states in tune with the majority of the population about choices in their end of life decisions.

Ways to make it better...

I had more clients

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Religious zealots who fear death

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 19, 2009

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February 19, 2009

Friends sometimes ask me how I can work with clients who are dying. Isn't it difficult? Depressing? Here's my answer: I've been a volunteer with Compassion and Choices for more than four years and find it enriching, important work. Supporting patients and their families at a critical time is rewarding. One of my clients, S., diagnosed with terminal cancer ,wrote the following after finding Compassion and Choices: "I now have the knowledge that I don't have to suffer, and that information is enough to give me a new life. I simply needed to know that I could have control over my life." He died peacefully 20 months later. Whether it's assisting someone to complete an Advance Directive, talk to a doctor about end-of-life wishes, find a hospice, or just to be there to help a client make sense of the dying process, I find my work for Compassion and Choices deeply satisfying.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the patients and helping them achieve a peaceful death.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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