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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.

We are local advocates for the  Death with Dignity National Center.

This advocacy was founded by  Cindy Merrill and Penny Shelfer in 2013.

28 Comments

  1. Mona

    I’m looking for help in executing my suicide. I had tried everything but pain of living is now overwhelming. I live alone. I do not have any family members around. Is there a place I can get help? Thank you.

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    • Cindy Merrill

      Please respond to my e-mail. Thanks. TDWD

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  2. Adriane Gifford

    I am currently witnessing my father die from cancer, and I don’t want anyone to ever experience this. Seeing him now as a ‘vegetable’ is no life. For the last 4 days, he can’t move, he can’t speak, and he can’t even make a sound other than the death rattle. He lays there in pain and trapped in his own body. This is no way to live. My family and I are joining this Death with Dignity effort to make a change. This completely saddens me that the government allows this torturous experience.

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    • Cindy Merrill

      Adriane, I am sorry this reply is so tardy. I am so sorry that your father, you and your family had to go through this experience. No human being should have to go through this and the dying should have the option to access medical aid in dying. Please contact your state leaders, tell them what you have told me and tell them that Texas should have a death with dignity law. If they respond, please let me know. Ask your other family members to do the same if they agree with you. Again, I am so sorry that your father had to die this way. Thank you for your support. Sincerely, Cindy Merrill, co-founder of Texas Death with Dignity.

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  3. Rhonda

    Thank you for your work! I’ve just sent emails to my state officials. I’m including my message here and will let you know if I receive replies….

    I am writing to ask you to support Death with Dignity in Texas. Suffering— be it emotional or physical— as the result of a terminal diagnosis should be met with humane options rather than forced prolonged pain. I believe competent adults should be able to choose whether to hasten their own death, and professional medical support should be accessible without fear of legal repercussions. I feel strongly that this most personal of decisions should belong to individual citizens. No one living with a terminal condition should be forced to choose between ongoing daily suffering or a difficult illegal suicide when compassionate support could be made available. I hope you will please consider helping with this very worthwhile and important effort.

    Respectfully,

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    • StanMerrill

      I apologize Rhonda for this very tardy reply. Thank you so much for contacting your state leaders. They do keep track of messages for particular issues so please try to get other members of your family and friends to contact their leaders too. Please let me know if your state leaders responded and what they said. I think this would be a great letter to the editor in your local paper. Thanks again for your support and please keep in touch. Cindy Merrill, co-founder of Texas Death with Dignity.

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  4. Mary Smith

    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.

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    • Stanley Merrill

      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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  5. Celia ontiveros

    I would like information on this please

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    • cindymerrilltexas

      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

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  6. Olga Escobedo

    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

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    • cindymerrilltexas

      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

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  7. Jarryd Phillips

    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

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    • cindymerrilltexas

      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

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    • jaquelyn noss

      where can i buy nebutal . no prescription. I am 75, diagnosed with dementia and have severe pain from degenerative physical problems. I have had a good life. and want my right to die with dignity.

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      • Cindy Merrill

        Jaquelyn, I am very sorry to hear of your distress. I am also sorry it has taken us so long to respond. We monitor our Facebook Page and our email address every day but not our website. TDWD cannot answer your question because we don’t condone hastening one’s death in this way. Who ever helps you in obtaining this drug could face felony charges and your ingestion of this drug could fail and your loved ones would have the added burden of taking care of you. In Texas it is not illegal to access voluntary stopping of eating and drinking which could quickly hasten your death if done properly. This is a painless way to hasten one’s death but only if you have a palliative care doctor and nurse assist you. Please talk this over with your physician and your family and then ask for a palliative care doctor to assist you. If you have further questions contact us at info@texasdeathwithdignity.org. Cindy Merrill, co-founder of Texas Death with Dignity

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  8. Ben

    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

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    • cindymerrilltexas

      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

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  9. Linda Whigham

    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

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    • cindymerrilltexas

      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

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  10. Jon R Knauss

    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!

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    • cindymerrilltexas

      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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  11. Julia Daly

    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.

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    • cindymerrilltexas

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

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  12. Sam Mcgill

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

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    • cindymerrilltexas

      Thanks, Sam. Please help our advocacy in any way you can. Cindy

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  13. Robyn Dickson

    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

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    • cindymerrilltexas

      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

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