End of Life Choices

Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED)

Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) is the most natural way to die. Before beginning the process, it is important that you find support from your caregivers, friends, family and physician. It is legal to refuse any medical treatment including food and liquids. Unlike the Death with Dignity Act, VSED does not require a doctor’s authorization or a terminal prognosis. It takes determination and support, but it is usually not painful and can lead to a peaceful death.

We have more information about the process and how to make it as comfortable as possible. If you are considering VSED and have questions, please call us at 503-922-1132 or complete the secure online form. Our Intake Coordinator with contact you within 1-2 business days.

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