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Death with Dignity

with Valerie Lovelace


                 “Medical Aid in Dying and other options in the United States”

Death is not an easy subject to talk about but, as part of our series on “end-of-life issues,” Sunrise Senior College felt that covering this seldom talked about and greatly mis-understood topic was an important issue that should be made available to all our seniors to keep you better informed. 

In 2019 the Maine State Legislature passed the Maine Death with Dignity Act. The Governor signed the bill into law and it went into effect on September 19th, 2019.  It took nearly 25 years of advocation efforts to get this enacted.  Maine residents now have a choice.  In this short session you will receive a brief overview of the history of medical aid in dying, or Death with Dignity, in the United States.  Our instructor will introduce us to the legal and medical perspectives on aid-in-dying and the ethical differences between aid in dying and euthanasia.  During this 90-minute session you will hear and become more familiar with end-of-life terminology, medical practices, and the qualification requirements here in Maine.

You will hear from a Maine family, what it meant to have the option available to them (video), and have an opportunity to ask questions about the process, the medications available, and the future of aid-in-dying laws. The course will also briefly cover Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) and other end-of-life options that are now available to you.

Instructor:  Valerie Lovelace, Founder and Executive Director of Maine Death with Dignity; co-author of the Maine Death with Dignity Act; grassroots leader and organizer of Maine’s advocacy effort from 2013 through 2019 passage of the law. Interfaith chaplain and practicing death doula; bedside attendant for medical aid-in-dying patient support.

Class Information:  This is a hybrid class - held in-person in UM@M’s room Science 102 and via Zoom.

  • Please Note that due to a scheduling conflict, there has been a change in the date of the class.

All facilities at the University of Maine at Machias (UM@M) are fully handicap compliant.  The facilities used by Sunrise Senior College (SSC) at the college have ramps, elevators and handicap accessible bathrooms.  Our offsite functions and activities have various limitations and restrictions and may not be fully handicap accessible.  SSC will endeavor to identify limitations at these to you in advance.


                                                    IMPORTANT:  See Below

This class is available to all current Maine Senior College (MSCN) Members. The general public not wishing to join Sunrise Senior College at this time may attend this class for a $15.00 fee.

Important, if you are not currently a current member of Sunrise Senior College (SSC) but are planning on joining SSC as a member today.  Make sure you answer that “Your SSC membership is current” when checking out so the we can properly bill you for this class. 

Sunrise Senior College (SSC) is a membership-based organization. Our SSC members receive special benefits as current members when they register for this course. Any member of another MSCN college is also able to enjoy this course, but may occur some additional charges. If you are a member of the general public, you can take this course but will have to pay additional fees associated with being a non-member. For any attendee that is not a current member of Sunrise Senior College, any materials required for the course are your responsibility. When checking out, please carefully read and answer the questions asked associated with this specific course so that you are charged appropriately for this class. Failure to do this may result in your being cancelled from the course. We hope you enjoy this offering.

  • Mar 20th, 2024
    Wed from 10:00 - 11:30 am

Umm Science 102 & via Zoom

For directions, call us at (207) 255-1384

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