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Conscious Dying


In 2011, my husband, Julian, used his option to end his life using Washington state’s new Death with Dignity Law (I-1000). After six years of illness the two of us engaged with his death in a vibrant, explorative and relational way.


This taught me what it is to die. Taught me that that death can be life-affirming. It taught me that a death that is worked with as another stage of life is not an aberration and doesn’t need to be cut away, rejected or hidden.

Before and since Julian’s death, I experienced other deaths: deaths characterized by fear, loneliness and anger. I am passionate about sharing my story as a way of inspiring others to make choices – choose to hold on; choose to let go; choose to communicate; choose to go into a period of deep silence.

Are you ready to begin a conversation about our relationship with life through an examination of death? I'm available for events that can support you or your family, community or organization.

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Part 1 - Julian Commits to Life: How We Respond to a Really Bad Prognosis
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Part 2 - The Problem With Death is It's Scary
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Part 3 - What About This Love Affair With Life? Julian Considers Death with Dignity
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Part 4 - Choosing the Date: How Death with Dignity is a Good Death
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View videos sampling Laurie's presentation and narrative style

Inquiries welcome from individuals, families,
organizations, associations & institutions

curious about the legal option to use Death with Dignity

and about grief support afterwards

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If one observes closely the whole psychological structure of oneself, one will find that as one suffers, so all mankind suffers in various degrees. If you are lonely, the whole humankind knows this loneliness. Agony, jealousy, envy, and fear are known to all. So psychologically, inwardly, one is like another human being.


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