FINAL EXIT NETWORK OF ARIZONA
AFFILIATE
         Primarily active in S. AZ. Active group in Prescott and may soon expand to Phoenix. Public free meetings with speakers such as Derek Humphry, Faye Girsh, Dr. Dick MacDonald. Members-only helium demos in Green Valley and Tucson once or twice a year.
        We also offer our most well-received workshop: "How to Get the Death You Want," teaching people how to make sure they get the end-of-life or hospitalized care they want.
        Contact us to receive phone calls or emails about local AZ events. We average 200 people at our public meetings and are enrolled with local volunteer centers.

AZ Affiliate Coordinator
John Abraham

Leadership Team
J’Fleur Lohman, John Abraham, Jerry Weinert, Mary McGovern.

Contact Information
Email: johnwithfen@earthlink.net
Phone: 520-235-5646
Mail address:
9138 N. Palm Brook Drive, Tucson, AZ 85743


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Posted: Saturday, May 30, 2015 12:13 pm

Five years ago, the Registered Nurses Group of Green Valley was formed. The purpose was to provide continuing education and camaraderie for nurses, active and retired. We now have 175 members.

Since its inception, we have had monthly speakers providing us with information to help us stay informed, and current. Many medical and social specialists have enlightened and updated us on the important events and newly discovered knowledge in their fields. This has enabled us to provide advocacy for one another as well as for the community.


In attempting to meet the needs of my group, I frequently ask for feedback and evaluations of the past speakers. I think that you will find it interesting that a group that has taken the oath to “abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous … and will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession … and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care (Florence Nightingale Pledge),” have continued to extol the benefits of the information provided by John Abraham of Final Exit Network.

The information provided to our group was not only enlightening, but crucial.

How could we as professionals help ourselves, our families and friends without having the opportunity to learn about such things as advanced directives, the importance of advocacy and power of attorney?

Yes, our profession is certainly here to sustain lives. The reality is, however, that in order to sustain “lives” we need to help people to have the reassurance and quality of life we all need while alive. We are so thankful to have had Fr. Abraham help us live the life we want.

Any consideration of censoring speakers who may be of importance to us and our important work is extremely worrisome.

Lynne R. Severe R.N., B.S.N., Green Valley


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I believe GVR management has demonstrated the grossest kind of un-American behavior in censoring a proposed Final Exit Network meeting within their facilities “due to the subject matter” of a proposed talk.

This seems to be no reason at all to disallow the use of their facilities for a talk for a perfectly respectable group of people who are not advocating anything but the right to dispose of themselves however and whenever and in any way they choose. As to my bias: I am sympathetic to the aims of the Final Exit Network people but have no affiliation with them.


My husband and I were Green Valley homeowners and, perforce, members of GVR for seven years, between 2000 and 2007.

I would certainly like to hear the Final Exit Network presentation here in Green Valley.

Margaret Clampitt Bath, Green Valley

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