John Abraham of Final Exit Network of Arizona Affiliate at DGT

    May 2, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    $10 Chinese buffet cash, $12 credit/debit, $3.50 drink only
    John Abraham
    John Abraham
    John Abraham,” an Episcopal Priest, is the Arizona Affiliate Leader for Final Exit network (FEN), has been a counselor, therapist, author, healthcare administrator, and patient advocate for over 40 years.
    He has contributed to numerous journals, including Thanatos, Omega and authored a book, “How To Get the Death You Want,” as an expert in the field of Thanatology (scientific study of death).”

    John  is the Arizona Affiliate Coordinator for Final Exit Network,

    “Final Exit Network is a national non-profit (501c3) organization
    serving members throughout the country – in all 50 states.
    Final Exit Network is the only national organization that publicly offers education, support, and a compassionate presence to our members. We provide exit guides throughout the U.S. to those who meet our Medical Committee requirements.
    Through the defense of our Exit Guides, we have made significant changes to laws in states where our right to provide services has been challenged. As the U.S. host of the 20th international biennial conference, our support of the World Federation of Right to Die Society’s Conference in September 2014 in Chicago highlighted the importance of this significant WORLD movement.
    Many of our members join to promote the right to death with dignity. Others join to support our exit guide volunteers, or to help pay for legal protection for our exit guides.
    It is our hope that one day, the right to death-with-dignity will be far more than a phrase, but a right that each one of us may choose to exercise at the end of our lives and, if necessary, at a time of our own choosing.”
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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. John—hope everything is OK with you
      Note there are no FEN events scheduled
      Which one of your books do you suggest I begin with?

      Hope to have news from you soon

    2. Trying to find your book “How to get the death you want”—only now aware of FEN —interested in joining

    3. What if one Is simply tired of dealing with chronic illnesses and issues with aging? Does this meet your requirements for assistance? What criteria is used to deem an individual eligible to receive help? Would like
      know. I’m a former home health nurse and support euthanasia…but think it needs to be expanded to cover these issues as it is in europe.

    4. John spoke of FEN’s guiding principle: “that mentally competent adults who suffer from a fatal or irreversible physical illness, from intractable physical pain, or from a constellation of chronic, progressive physical disabilities have a basic human right to chose to end their lives when they judge the quality of their life to be unacceptable”. He said it was a pro-choice attitude, “deliberate life completion” to use the helium method to “choose self deliverance”, along w/ right to refuse treatment or advocating VSED (voluntary stopping of eating and drinking). Questions from the audience were about the specifics of the helium method, if you need a doctor to refer you to hospice, what about disabled people getting more help then FEN, what if you are in a Christian Hospital that doesn’t honor your wishes, whether Alzheimer’s is considered terminally ill.


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