“Right to Die” part of “End of Life Issues” series

New technology extends life, but it also can make suffering a terminal illness unbearable. California’s new “right to die law” gives people in this situation greater autonomy to end their suffering – but it creates new potential for conflict, too.

Medical and legal issues surrounding California’s End of Life Option Law will be discussed during a free seminar at PEACE. We are at 828 W. Main St., across from Lyman Gilmore School near downtown Grass Valley.

Speakers include:

  • James McGregor, a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine in the Auburn area. He’s affiliated with Sutter Health and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California.
  • Dylan Ann Hendricks, a partner with Hendricks McFarlane in Grass Valley. The firm specializes in elder law, trusts and wills.

California’s “right to die” law went into effect in June 2016. It carves out a new legal niche by allowing terminally ill people to obtain a death-dealing drug that they can give to themselves. The speakers will discuss the law, then take questions from the audience.

Coming up: On Nov. 4, small groups discuss issues regarding end-of-life and death.

On both days, the program starts at 9 a.m. with coffee and light snacks in the Old Fellowship Hall at Peace, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. Speakers start at 9:15 a.m., and the program ends at 10:45 a.m. The series is hosted by Peace’s Contemporary Issues Study Group.

For more information, call (530) 273-9631.