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.

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  1. 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

    1. 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. 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.

  3. 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!

    1. 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

  4. Thank you so much for being here. I have been reading and researching but it still felt like everyone and everything was so far away, like in California, Oregon and even other countries! To hear that there are others right here in the state of Texas with me helps me know I am not alone. My husband does not believe my decision to take my life is right and the rest of my family would totally turn away from me. Just knowing there are others close by when the time comes will give me the strength and joy I need

    1. Thank you Linda for your comment and support. I am sorry you do not have the support of your family should you ever have to face this decision. Please do what ever you can to help our advocacy in Texas and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Cindy

  5. I am suffering from PTSD. This causes me severe depression. I have often thought of dying. I have outbursts and my poor wife which I love dearly usually gets the I witness them she is hurt emotionally. This is no way to live for either of us. If texas had a right to die for not only the terminally ill but for those of us that are forced to live the way I live. T

    1. Ben, I am so sorry it has taken me this long to respond to your e-mail. We flooded during Harvey and I fell behind on many things. However, I think you wrote us on our Facebook Page and I responded. If not, please let me know. How are you doing now? Cindy

  6. my grandfather was in so much pain and needed assisted suicide. It was against the laws here so we had to get help abroad from Jan Co. They got us Nembutal and my grandfather’s wish was granted. You can reach them at
    JAN47584(AT)GMAIL(DOT)COM and they will help you get Nembutal. they are very reliable and discreet. Every human being has the right to live as well as the right to end his/her life. Gov’ts should legalize it

    1. I am so sorry it has taken me this long to respond to your message. We flooded during Harvey and I just fell behind on so many things. I am sorry that your grandfather was in pain and that Texas could not provide him the help he needed. Please contact your state leaders and tell them you want a death with dignity law in Texas, so the terminally ill have the option to avail themselves of a gentle and compassionate death. Thanks for your support! Cindy – TDWD

  7. I will like to participate in this cause. I work in a Nursing home and live in constant reminder of the effects of term illnesses. I refuse to live like that …for my sake and that of my children ..i will join in on the efforts

    1. Forgive me Olga for this very, very tardy response. I am so glad that you support our advocacy. You certainly have a viewpoint that our state leaders need to hear. Texas Death with Dignity is an advocacy that informs the public on what medical aid in dying is, what hospice does and other end of life issues through our Facebook page, our website and through presentations and articles in periodicals. Compassion and Choices Texas is a grass roots organization looking for volunteers like you to help them in various ways. Please look them up on the Internet and help them as you can. The most important thing you can do is to let your state leaders know that importance of having this process available to the terminally ill. Thanks! Cindy – TDWD

    1. Celia, I’m not quite sure what information you are looking for. Many questions can be answered in the articles provided by this website and on our Facebook page. If you have a specific question, please don’t hesitate to ask us. I apologize for the delay. Thanks for you interest. Cindy – TDWD

  8. I live in Texas unfortunately..
    I told my mom I wanted to become an advocate for the right to die as she laid in her bed waiting for death.
    Pancreatic cancer diagnosis and gone in 7 weeks. Hospice nurse asked her how she was doing..her reply..just waiting to die. She was 91.
    Thankfully she didn’t have much pain but the Emotional acceptance was the hardest to watch. Two weeks total depression. No TV, no paper didn’t want anyone around.
    It’s so sad that we treat our pets with more dignity than we do our own parents and family members.
    We don’t want our pets to suffer or be in pain when they become ill with cancers etc..
    Watching a loved one slowly die everyday is also very hard (I was her caregiver 24/7) and it will be something I don’t think I will ever get over.

    1. I’m so sorry you had to go through this heartbreaking death of your mother, Mary. Unbearable suffering does not necessarily mean pain, it can be the emotional pain that your mother experienced as she lay dying. TDWD agrees with you. No one who is dying from a terminal illness and is an adult and mentally competent, should be prevented from hastening their death. One by one States are passing a death with dignity law. Eventually the large organizations who are helping states pass these laws will come to Texas. So don’t give up hope. Until then, call or contact your state rep and state senator and tell them your story and tell them you want this law in Texas. Let us know what they say. Also keep watching our Facebook page as we have breaking news about medical aid in dying. Thanks! Cindy – TDWD

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