Forum on End-of-Life Advocacy and Palliative Care Choices

Husband of Brittany Maynard and leading palliative care expert co-host public forum

The husband of Brittany Maynard, the California woman who gained national recognition in 2014 after she moved to Oregon to medically end her life, will co-host a public discussion on end-of-life choices and palliative care at Samuel Merritt University, Wednesday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m.

The event is the 27th Annual Picchi Memorial Lecture, named in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Picchi, which aims to inform the community about pressing medical topics and raise funds for the John A. Graziano Memorial Library.

Maynard’s husband, Dan Diaz, will discuss his legal, medical, and emotional journey with Maynard, whose terminally ill diagnosis made national headlines after she moved to Portland, Oregon, and shared her final weeks in a series of powerful videos and Facebook posts.

Diaz has continued to support end-of-life legislation to legalize medical aid in dying, which has become a key issue in the Suprme Court confirmation process of Judge Neil Gorsuch, who authored “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.” Propenents of end-of-life options want to know if Gorsuch will support their efforts.

“It’s important for the future generation of healthcare providers to know that death is not failure,” Diaz said. “Brittany had a supportive team, but the terminally ill should not have to move to another state to find that support.”

Dr. Jeffery N. Stoneberg, D.O., a leading expert in palliative care will also discuss the relatively new form of medical care and how it distinguishes itself from hospice.

“Although palliative care and hospice share quality-of-life goals, they’re different in important ways,” Stoneberg said. “Not everyone who’s touched by a palliative care physician has a terminal illness but they need help with advance care planning.”

“For students, it’s important to recognize that every person is different and their desires for treatment needs to be individualized,” Stoneberg added.

Please RSVP by March 22: Call 510.869.8628 or email gcaya@samuelmerritt.edu

Who: Dan Diaz, husband of Brittany Maynard and Dr. Jeffrey N. Stoneberg, D.O.

What: Discussion on “Compassionate End of Life Choices and Palliative Care”

When: Wednesday, March 29, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Health Education Center, 400 Hawthorne Ave. Oakland, CA 94609

Media: Justin Berton, Associate Director of Media Relations, cell 510.499.6305 jberton@samuelmerritt.edu

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