A Place to Make Your Crossing
Face the end of life in a humane and dignified manner free of charge in the serene lakeside setting of Sagebrush Crossing.
Quality of life is at the heart of Sagebrush Crossing. We believe that individuals should be trusted to make their own decisions about how to achieve their greatest quality of life, even after receiving a terminal diagnosis. Many medical providers, hospices and loved ones provide opinions about what treatments to pursue and what constitutes a good death, but only the individual facing end of life will actually experience it. Only the individual diagnosed with a terminal condition knows how much pain, discomfort, medication, lack of privacy and cost they are capable of experiencing before their quality of life diminishes to the point of being untenable. We believe that you should be able to plan and carry out your own death as you wish and we are grateful to live in a state where Death with Dignity allows you to end your life safely and legally. We know that not everyone in your life will be supportive of you making this choice and that you may not desire or be able to die in your home, so we are opening ours at no cost to you to support you in your journey.
Disability, Social Justice and DWD
Our philosophy may appear to be in conflict with that of disability rights advocates who argue that supporting the euthanasia of ill and/or disabled people is socially unjust. I agree with these advocates and acknowledge the history of eugenics at play in this discussion, as well. Sagebrush Crossing is a place where people with a terminal illness can pursue choice in death.
- Death with Dignity YouTube ChannelCheck out the Death with Dignity National Center’s YouTube channel for individual stories about Death with Dignity from around the country. Subscribe to the channel to be notified about new stories. You can also share your story and supportContinue reading “Death with Dignity YouTube Channel”
- How Does the New ALS Drug Impact MAID?According to the WA Department of Health’s 2020 Death with Dignity Act report, 6.5% of people who participated in the Death with Dignity Act were diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Reasons forContinue reading “How Does the New ALS Drug Impact MAID?”
- Catholic Hospice Rejected in Spokane County(JANUARY 2023 UPDATE: This application decision was successfully appealed by Providence, who is now free to open a hospice in Spokane County that does not support access to Aid in Dying.) As we mentioned in our July 1 post,Continue reading “Catholic Hospice Rejected in Spokane County”
- Catholic Organizations Restrict Medical Aid in DyingOpposition to MAID from religiously-affiliated hospitals and hospices, specifically Catholic organizations, presents significant institutional barriers to patient participation. According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, around 40% of hospital beds are in religiously affiliated hospitals and followContinue reading “Catholic Organizations Restrict Medical Aid in Dying”
- Help Increase Transparency in Hospice CareThe organization Save Secular Healthcare WA is working to ensure that WA residents who are considering hospice care have information about Death with Dignity. Currently there are four religious organizations applying to provide hospice care in Spokane County andContinue reading “Help Increase Transparency in Hospice Care”
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