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About Final Exit Network:
Final Exit Network is a registered non profit organization that operates throughout the United States. (We do not operate outside of the U.S., however you may go to the World Federation of Right to Die Society's website for international information.)
We believe in death with dignity and an individual's right to self determination. We are the only organization that publicly provides education on all end of life choices as well as a compassionate presence to those who are suffering from incurable diseases and have chosen to end their suffering. We do not put an artificial requirement for an individual to be certified as likely to die in six months. Suffering does not recognize that restriction and neither do we.
To ensure that the maximum amount of your money is used to alleviate suffering we operate virtually, conducting our administrative business as much as possible through technology. Outreach to individuals seeking information from us is done entirely through volunteers and almost all our travel is done for that exclusive purpose.
Final Exit Network is a national, nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt corporation.
Gifts and memberships to Final Exit Network are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Phone: (866) 654-9156
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Final Exit Network
P.O. Box 10071
Tallahassee, FL 32302
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PLEASE CALL THE NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE NOW -
By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor
at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7; a live chat contact is also available.
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MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2015
DAKOTA COUNTY COURTHOUSE
HASTINGS, Minnesota, August 24, 2015 — Final Exit Network was
sentenced to pay a $30,000 fine today for “assisting in a suicide” in connection
with the 2007 self-deliverance of a member.
Judge Christian Wilton sentenced the organization to the maximum fine.
Final Exit Network was convicted on May 14 of assisting in a suicide, a
felony punishable by a fine of $30,000, and of interfering with a body or the scene
of a death with the intent to mislead the coroner, a misdemeanor, which is
punishable by a fine of $3,000.
It had been previously reported many times that the maximum fine faced by
Final Exit Network was $33,000. However, during the sentencing hearing, the
State elected not to seek the separate $3,000 fine for the misdemeanor.
The State also sought the payment of $2,975.63 as “restitution” to the
family of Doreen Dunn, 57, as the “victims” of the “crime.” The amount
represented the sum spent by Mark Dunn, the decedent’s husband for her burial
and headstone. Testimony at the trial indicated Dunn had long-standing plans to
separate from his wife and move from their home. Ironically, his belongings were
in boxes on the day of her death, waiting to be moved out the next day.
While the Network might have objected to the payment of “restitution,” the
organization’s attorney, Robert Rivas, said to the court, “It is a family’s sacred
obligation to pay to bury their loved ones, but if Mr. Dunn doesn’t want to have to
pay for his wife’s burial, Final Exit Network will pay it for him.”
“We intend to vigorously appeal this for two reasons. One is the importance
of protecting all Americans’ free speech rights from encroachment by the
government, but the second is to continue our advocacy for competent adults to
have the right to make their own end-of-life decisions,” said Janis Landis, the
Network’s president, who attended the hearing. Gary Wederspahn, the newest FEN
board member, who happens to be from Hastings, Minnesota, also attended the
Judge Wilton put the Network on “probation” until the fine is paid, and the
Network would be legally prohibited from providing Exit Guide services while on
probation. Landis said the Network is unwilling to deny Exit Guide services to
those in Minnesota for any length of time, and the fine will therefore be paid
Why celebrate January 2 and the month of January?
When you plan your New Year's resolutions, go ahead and plan conversations with your family and friends about your - and their - end-of-life choices. This is one of the most important and life-changing resolutions that you can make.
And now you can talk with your doctor about your end-of-life choices. Plan to call your doctor in January and make an appointment for this important discussion.
As an organization, Final Exit Network is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publishing of Final Exit, the book, which marked the beginning of the death with dignity movement within the United States
Turned down by commercial publishers, but still determined, Derek Humphriy self-published his ground-breaking book Final Exit. The book is in its third edition, has been published in many languages, is sold around the world, and has been on the New York Times bestseller list.
Derek Humphry was also one of the original founders of the Hemlock Society and then later one of the original founders of Final Exit Network. It is with great appreciation that we are honored to celebrate the month of January, beginning January 2, with celebrations aimed at furthering everyone's discussion of their own personal final wishes.
Talk with your family, talk with your friends - talk with your doctor. Initiate the discussion with your children and other family members. Ask them to consider their final wishes and discuss end-of-life issues with you - and their respective families. Discuss what your life has meant to you, to them, discuss the importance of a good death. The discussion alone opens many doors and may well become the impetus for many heartfelt family discussions.
We hope to make the month of January a month-long opportunity for all of us to further this important discussion. Please return to this site for more information as our plans progress.
Celebrate the Death with Dignity movement!
Talk with your family & friends, the discussion alone opens many doors and may well become the impetus for many heartfelt family discussions.
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The Sarasota Herald-Tribune explores the recent deaths of Frank and Barbara Kavanaugh in an indepth article by
Barbara Peterson Smith.
June 21, 2016
New York Passes Bill on Paliative Care
Last week both houses of the New York State Legislature passed legislation to ensure that professionals who can prescribe controlled substances receive continuing medical education on pain and palliative care every three years.
The legislation passed as part of an omnibus opioid bill (A.10727 Linda B. Rosenthal, D-Manhattan) / (S.8139 Terrence Murphy, R-Carmel). The bill requires that professionals licensed to prescribe controlled substances take a three-hour course covering pain management, palliative care and addiction, approved by the New York State Department of Health, every three years.
June 17, 2016
Doctors Have a Duty to Help, Great Britain
By Sophie Borland for the Daily Mail
Doctors have a "duty" to help their patients die and it should be a part of their jobs, according to the Queen?s former physician. Sir Richard Thompson is one of a growing number of eminent doctors who want assisted dying to be made legal.
Next Tuesday, the British Medical Association will vote for the first time in more than a decade on whether to stop opposing the controversial practice.
At their annual meeting in Belfast, more than 500 doctors will decide on whether to take the significant step of adopting a neutral stance as their official position on assisted dying. This would be a significant step because at present doctors' official position is that they oppose assisted dying.
Recent polls show that more and more doctors want to legalize the practice and would be prepared to help their patients end their lives.