Overview of Death With Dignity (DWD) Process

Death With Dignity (DWD) Process

Three Requests

To use Oregon’s Death With Dignity (DWD)  law, you must make 3 requests to your prescribing physician, specifically:

  • 2 verbal requests, and
  • 1 written request that are a minimum of 15 days apart (there is no maximum).

The written request is a form called “Request for Medication,” and it can be completed with 2 witnesses after you have given your first oral request. Only you can make these requests; they cannot be made by anyone else, nor through an Advance Directive.

What about the medication?

There are several medication options, and your prescribing physician will discuss these with you. You must be able to self-administer the medication either by swallowing or by using a feeding tube. The physician must deliver the prescription to the pharmacy, either personally or my mail. A family member or friend may pick up the medications.

Some insurance companies may cover the cost of the medication and/or physician visits, depending on your own policy.

There is no obligation to fill the prescription or take the medication if you have it. If you do not use the medication, call us for instructions for its disposal.

Would my Life Insurance benefits be affected?

Life insurance benefits are not affected by using Oregon’s law. The law requires the death certificate to indicate that death was due to your underlying illness.

How is End of Life Choices Oregon involved?

Experienced volunteers are available to meet with you and assist you through the process. Our volunteers can answer questions about Oregon’s DWD Act and address your concerns. We also suggest that your volunteer be present at the time you to take the medication.

We are Available to Talk

EOLCOR Medical Directors are available to talk with physicians to explain the requirements of the law.

“You really need an objective presence to help navigate the requirements of the [DWD] law.  We experienced disbelief and denial as Jeanne’s symptoms began moving in on her. It became more difficult for her to pursue and concentrate on the things that needed to be done. An organization like EOLCOR has been so helpful in providing the road map to what is needed and the encouragement along the way, so that Jeanne can exercise her rights to DWD.”


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