Texas Death With Dignity

Everyone deserves an option



Texas Death with Dignity advocates for end of life options and supports an aid in dying law in Texas, based on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. We believe that every effort should be made to improve and expand hospice and palliative care in our state. However, we also believe that end of life care should be patient centered and if a competent adult patient who is terminally ill and facing a protracted and inevitable death would like to access physician assisted dying to avoid unendurable suffering, they should have the right to do so.

We advocate through presentations, our Facebook page, media interviews and through newspaper opinion articles and Letters to the Editor.

We need your help to get legislation passed in Texas.  If you agree that Texas should have a death with dignity law, please contact your state representative and state senator  and ask them to support a physician assisted dying law.  Click on this link to find out the name of your state representative and state senator and their contact information.

This advocacy was founded by  Cindy Merrill and Penny Shelfer in 2013. We are local advocates for the  Death with Dignity National Center.



8 comments on “Home

  1. Robyn Dickson
    April 25, 2016

    when my dad was dying my mom wore herself out trying to care for him and he would just lay there suffering…it really took a tole on the family…when it is your time you should have options

    Liked by 1 person

    • cindymerrilltexas
      May 12, 2017

      Robyn, I am so sorry about the suffering of your father. Please let your state leaders know that the dying should have the option to end their lives in peace and dignity through medical aid in dying. Texas Death with Dignity


  2. Sam Mcgill
    June 17, 2016

    Everyone should have the Right to death with dignity.
    Texans, please show your support.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Julia Daly
    August 10, 2016

    The only tattoo I have ever wanted is “DNR” on my chest. I am terrified of ending up in a helpless,lingering state. I feel assisted dying is not murder, but rather compassionate and humane. Please join me in convincing our representative of the same and to enact Death with Dignity legislation.

    Liked by 1 person

    • cindymerrilltexas
      May 12, 2017

      Thanks, Julia. Humor goes a long way in confronting the prejudice against medical aid in dying. Thank you for your continued support! Cindy


  4. Jon R Knauss
    May 12, 2017

    A very dear friend of mine hung himself in his home because he was in a painful decline from physicsal aliments related to a broken neck and paralysis. His chosing this option to die alone without the support of loved ones is tragic. We must do better as a people and offer humane ways that empower the individusl to choose this transition option with dignity!


    • cindymerrilltexas
      May 12, 2017

      I am so sorry to hear about your friend, Jon. Tell all of your state legislators about your friend and tell them you want a death with dignity law. Take care of ;yourself. Cindy, co-founder of Texas Death with Dignity


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