Final Exit Network

Human Services

Contact Information

  • Telephone: 520-235-5646
  • Email: johnwithfen@earthlink.net
  • Website: http://www.finalexitnetwork.org/

  • Everybody dies – many, terribly, unaware they have options about how and when. Final Exit Network’s primary mission is to bring those options out of shadow and into daylight. We provide information that alleviates fear about the dying process and replaces it with soothing peace of mind: When disease and suffering hit, members want the same control over their ends as they did over their lives.

    OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

    We hold that mentally competent adults who suffer from a fatal or irreversible physical illness, from intractable physical pain, or from a constellation of chronic, progressive physical disabilities have a basic human right to choose to end their lives when they judge the quality of their life to be unacceptable.

    This right by its nature implies that the ending of one’s life is one’s choice, including the timing and persons present, and should be free of any restrictions by the law, clergy, medical profession, and even friends and relatives no matter how well-intentioned.  We do not encourage anyone to end their life,  are opposed to anyone ‘s encouraging another to end his life, do not provide the means to do so, and do not assist in a person ‘s death.

    OUR MISSION

    To work toward obtaining the basic human right of competent adults to choose to end their lives on their own terms when they suffer from irreversible physical illness, intractable pain, or a constellation of chronic, progressive physical disabilities.

    • To raise the awareness of all Americans concerning this basic human right.
    • To offer free service to all who qualify, providing relevant information, home visits if possible and a compassionate presence for individual and family.
    • To promote the use of advance directives and other related legal instruments to document the intentions of any individual.
    • To sponsor research into new peaceful and reliable methods to end life.
    • To vigorously defend our guiding principles in a court of law when necessary.

     

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
    • Helping with our meetings both in Tucson and Green Valley — welcoming attendees, setting up signage, distributing informational handouts, etc.
    • Serving on our Leadership Team to plan and help orchestrate our meetings — presentations to the public and various training events.
    • General fund raising.
    • Writing grant applications.
    • Legal assistance regarding 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations.
    • Reviewing and proofreading documents.
    • Videographer to film some of our speakers.
    • Computer help with posting videos on line.
    • Someone to manage our online Volunteer Center postings through United Way, Tucson.
    • Someone to handle getting free TV and radio air time through their community announcements. We have an easy-to-follow, thorough, detailed How-To Manual and an experienced PR person available to coach you through this fun project!”
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