Connect with the Final Exit Network
Our Mission: To educate qualified individuals in practical, peaceful ways to end their lives, offer a compassionate bedside presence and defend their right to choose.
Our Vision: That any competent person unbearably suffering an intractable medical condition has the option to die legally and peacefully.
Final Exit Network published an article in OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying on our initial findings in an ongoing study examining the reasoning and values people bring to the questions of if and when they might choose to end their lives.
Help for the helper - New surrogate consultant adds clout to FEN members’ Advance Directives
In our last FEN magazine, we invited readers to share any bad experiences loved ones faced at life’s end when their wishes were not followed – even with a clear Advance Directive (AD) in hand. Readers responded (page 2), and it was never more clear that surrogates – those family or friends charged with safeguarding patients’ desired care and treatment – need determined, expert support. FEN is committed to providing that assistance to help ensure ADs are enforced. We have implemented the first step in this initiative by hiring Surrogate Consultant Althea Halchuck. She brings exceptional skills and experience to this vital position. Here is how Althea can help you and how you can reach her Read More how Althea can help >> .
If you are having trouble getting an advance directive honored, for yourself or as a surrogate for another individual, help is a phone call away.
Our surrogate consultant, Althea Halchuck, will review the issue thoroughly with you and go over the advance directive. Althea will ..... More >
1.) You want to choose a person who is comfortable making decisions on your behalf even if your wishes differ from their own. The advance directive is about you and your wishes, not about the surrogate. 2. ) It takes a lot of emotional strength to... Learn More tips>
As a surrogate consultant, people often ask me for advice on the best advance directive (AD) to cover their medical and end-of-life (EOL) wishes. Unfortunately, the answer is not that simple. An AD is a “legally recognized” document usually ..... Read up on how to choose the best one >
Maybe the most effective statement is:
1.) “You are doing this treatment without my consent and it goes against the patient’s wishes. I want my lack of consent put into the patient’s medical record.” Say this loud and clear when staff ignores you as a surrogate, and they want to disregard the directive. Hopefully, this should put the fear of a lawsuit into the staff’s minds and make them reconsider. It is important to leave a paper trail, insist your treatment denial is put into the patient’s medical record.
2.) Another comment to get your point across is: .... See the entire list >
NOW is the Time to Address Dementia
Final Exit Network (FEN) has created a new advance directive (AD) designed to prevent dying people from being kept alive against their wishes, long after dementia has eradicated their former selves.
What’s more, if necessary, .... Read the entire directive >
There is no Autopilot for Navigating Advance Directives
As Final Exit’s Surrogate Consultant, people often ask me for advice on the best Advance Directive (AD) to cover their medical and end-of-life (EOL) wishes. Unfortunately, the answer is not that simple.
That Glorious Last Summer a Patient Says No to Chemo
It never ceases to amaze me that some people do not realize they have the absolute right to make their own healthcare choices even if everyone else thinks it’s the wrong choice. Once they recognize that every medical option is theirs to accept or reject, the effect can be liberating.
FENS Surrogate Consultant - The First 100 Days
My official duties as surrogate consultant for Final Exit Network (FEN) began January 1, 2021, but my FEN story started last summer. I am a certified patient advocate living in Arizona, and I have a business, Ending Well! Patient Advocacy. My work focuses on end-of-life planning and elder conflict resolution. I spent 15 years as a bedside hospice volunteer and I have training as a death doula, so I am not averse to talking about death or helping people who are confused, scared, and weary at the end of life.
Continuing the Fight for EOL Autonomy - We Are The Vanguard!
In 2015, Minnesota prosecuted Final Exit Network (FEN) for exercising its right of free speech when our guides provided information on how to achieve self-deliverance. The prosecutor bragged about his attempt to put us out of business. No media in the state spoke up for us. FEN was labeled a "secret society", an underground death cult, a fringe element in the right to die movement.
NOT ANYMORE - We refused to be silenced. Read more in this blog post...
Medical - Aid - in - Dying, Canadian Style
Canada has released its annual report on medical aid in dying for 2020: