PO Box 1216, Crestone, CO 81131 informedfinalchoices@gmail.com

NewMexico MAID

Friday, June 18—the New Mexico Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act will become effective, allowing qualified terminally ill New Mexicans to access medical aid in dying.

Our journey to this day has been long, and as a New Mexican I’m so happy to officially welcome our state as the 11th U.S. jurisdiction to offer this compassionate end-of-life care option. Our progress in New Mexico is a testament to your tremendous support and commitment to this movement we’ve built together.

While our legislative journey has reached its end, our work in New Mexico is far from finished.

Because of the hard work and persistence of our grassroots community, the End of Life Options coalition, and our legislative champions, New Mexicans will wake up tomorrow knowing they will be able to access medical aid in dying should they desire. However, we know from experience that just having a law isn’t enough to ensure that individuals can access the option.

Our access and implementation work in authorized states—which includes providing access to the form required to access medical aid in dying—ensures that qualified individuals are able to find a healthcare team that respects their end-of-life care wishes. Like our advocacy work, these efforts require time and resources.

Remember, there are still 40 states that do not have access to this compassionate end-of-life care option. With your continued support, I know our momentum can become unstoppable.

Thanks,

Elizabeth

Speaking Grief

Moving away from the idea that grief is a problem that needs to be “fixed,” Speaking Grief validates the experience of grievers and guides those wishing to support them.

https://speakinggrief.org/documentary

Refuge in Grief

Refuge in Grief: Grief Support That Doesn’t Suck – Megan Devine

Thanking COVID Staff

How to Best Thank Those Who Offer Compassionate
Care During the Pandemic
When Rosie Eastman, RN joined last month’s CEOLP/IFC
monthly Zoom meeting, she spoke about her experience
working with COVID ICU patients. Another meeting
participant asked Rosie how best to thank those who serve
in this way, since most of us have no personal connection
with these hardworking healthcare workers.
Rosie’s response was simple. Here are some things that
would be very appreciated: a kind handwritten note or card
sent to a hospital’s COVID floor, a bouquet of flowers, gift
cards, or, where permitted, home-baked treats. Also, the
opportunity for time away to renew and refresh is
important. If you have a second home or Airbnb, you could
offer a stay at a discounted rate or without charge.
Simply taking a moment each day to consider those on the
frontlines of service and sending a warm wish for their
wellbeing can be a great gift.