Death With Dignity (DWD) Process
To use Oregon’s Death With Dignity law, you must make 3 requests to your prescribing physician:
- 2 verbal requests, separated by minimum 15 days.
- 1 written request
(Exceptions to 15-day minimum is possible in extreme situations.)
The written request is called “Request for Medication.” It must be completed with two (2) witnesses after you have seen both the prescribing doctor.
Only the person who is availing themself to DWD can make these requests. They cannot be made by anyone else, nor through an Advance Directive.
What about the medication?
Your prescribing physician will discuss the medication with you. The physician must deliver the prescription to the pharmacy, either personally or my mail. A family member or friend may pick up the medications from the pharmacy.
You must be able to self-administer the medication either by swallowing or by a feeding tube.
There is never an obligation to fill the prescription or take the medication. If you do not use the medication, call us for instructions on how to dispose of it.
Would my Life Insurance benefits be affected?
Life insurance benefits are not affected by using DWD law. The death certificate states the death was due to an underlying illness.
How is End of Life Choices Oregon involved?
Experienced volunteers meet with you and assist you through this process. Our volunteers can answer questions about DWD and address your concerns. It is your choice whether you would like your volunteer to be present at the time you take the medication. We assist with preparation and support your family and friends who are in attendance.
Doc to Doc
Our Medical Director is available to talk with physicians in order to explain the DWD process and legal requirements.
“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.”
EOLCOR Death with Dignity Client Checklist
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