Who are we?
We are a national campaign and membership organisation. With over 25,000 active supporters, we demand greater choice and control to alleviate suffering at the end of life.
We believe that everyone has the right to a dignified death. This means:
- Choice over where we die, who is present and our treatment options.
- Access to expert information on our options, good quality end-of-life care, and support for loved ones and carers.
- Control over how we die, our symptoms and pain relief, and planning our own death.
With our supporters, we campaign for a change in the law on assisted dying for terminally ill, mentally competent adults.
We do this by lobbying decision-makers, educating legal and healthcare professionals and empowering terminally ill people, and their loved ones, who are suffering under the current system to have their voices heard.
Alongside our campaigning work our partner charity, Compassion in Dying undertakes research on end-of-life care, provides free Advance Decisions and works to educate and empower people around their existing rights at the end of life.
Why are we here?
We believe that high-quality end-of-life care should be complemented by the choice of an assisted death for terminally ill, mentally competent adults who meet strict safeguards and feel their suffering has become unbearable.
Without a change in the law, terminally ill people will suffer against their wishes at the end of life and will continue to make decisions without the advice of medical or social care professionals.
Those who can afford to will travel abroad for an assisted death, others will attempt suicide behind closed doors, some will refuse food and water to bring about their death, and far too many will ask family members and loved ones to help them die. All will be denied the choice of safe assisted death, in their own home, at a time of their choosing.
None of these options offer open and honest conversations with health and social care professionals and the only deterrent against abuse is the threat of prosecution after somebody has died. Assisted dying legislation would introduce up-front safeguards to check for abuse and coercion before somebody dies. In short, we want greater choice and greater protection for people at the end of life.
How can you help?
The case for change is clear - unbearable suffering, inflicted on a dying patient who wishes to die, is unjust and unacceptable. But we cannot achieve change without you - find out how you can get involved here.