MEETUP GROUP: All meetings are posted. It’s free for anyone to join Meetup.com.

SPEAKERS: We have had world-renowned speakers such a Derek Humphrey, the President of the World Federation of Right To Die Societies, the FEN President, and others speak to the larger Tucson community interested in our purpose.

Please note that when you receive notice of a meeting where “cost” is mentioned for one of our events, no one is excluded due to expense. Anyone in need may pay less, nothing, or whatever possible. Fees are used to defray expenses and, since we limit the size of our groups, fees help to ensure attendance, and not limit participation for those on the waiting list.

The AZ Affiliate Leader is John Abraham, M.Div., F.T. Thanatologist, and author of “How To Get The Death You Want: A Practical and Moral Guide.” He can be reached at 520-235-5646 between 6 am and 7 pm.

Click here to contact John Abraham (Phone is generally preferable, and certainly if it is an immediate need.)

Leadership Team
J’Fleur Lohman
Mary Ganapol
Maggie Molloy
John Abraham
Ragi Case
Jon Stetson
Melanie Hampton
Carol Brown
Mary McGovern
Jack Burks
Ken and Roz Weene


FINAL EXIT NETWORK OF ARIZONA
AFFILIATE

Who are we? We are part of the national non-profit organization: Final Exit Network. Our purpose is the same as that of national FEN. Our Vision: "Any competent person unbearably suffering an intractable medical condition has the option to die legally and peacefully." Our Mission: "Educate qualified individuals in practical, peaceful ways to end their lives, offer a compassionate bedside presence, and defend their right to choose.“ Here are the local programs we offer:

PUBLIC INTRODUCTION PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF "DEATH WITH DIGNITY." Introduction to the death with dignity movement and Final Exit Network programs locally and nationally. Given at libraries, civic groups, community associations, churches, etc.

SMALL GROUP SOCIAL GATHERING: A get-together to share end of life interests with like-minded people in a safe and fun environment. A place to get to know others, and perhaps find someone to act as your medical power of attorney. Open to the public.

ADVOCACY TRAINING: Learn how to get your wishes honored at end of life or whenever encountering a medical institution, to get the care you want and avoid medical care you don’t want. Training on how to have or to be a good Medical Power of Attorney (POA). Making your Advance Directives work for you. This is our most well-received program. Open to the public. Required before attending the Advanced Directive Workshop. 

ADVANCED DIRECTIVE WORKSHOP: A helpful follow-up to the advocacy training to learn about preparing advanced directives to clearly state your end of life and medical care wishes. A lawyer is present to answer questions. We’ll have plenty of the AZ State specific forms, which you can find at azag.gov and “life care planning packet.” Open to the public.

LIFE COMPLETION CLASS: This class will teach the two “how to” ways to facilitate a peaceful death, including a demonstration of the inert gas method. It includes why not to use other methods. This is the only program that requires a 6-month FEN membership for attendance, and includes a thorough discussion about the role of “Exit Guides.”

LEADERSHIP TEAM MEETINGS: Local FEN team meets regularly to evaluate, refine, and schedule our programs. Open to the public.



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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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