Welcome to the members area of our website. As a valued member of Friends at the End we want to offer you exclusive information and benefits.
Here you will be able to manage your personal information, update your contact details, let us know about your contact preferences, whether you’d rather hear from us through emails, by phone or post, and check your subscription history.
In addition we offer members access to information we have developed in order to advance our campaign to change the law in Scotland on assisted dying.
The members’ briefing pack includes a fact sheet providing you with detailed background information on the history of Friends at the End and the work it has done with others to bring about a change in the law.
We also want to support and encourage our members to engage with politicians and other influencers and we have provided a powerpoint presentation to help members to have those important conversations.
There is also FAQ document to help members anticipate and answer questions that are likely to arise in setting out the reasons why the law on assisted dying must change.
We want the information provided here to be as helpful as possible, so please let us know if there is more we can do to help you in your local campaign work.
Copies of our most recent E-Bulletins and Newsletters can be found here, helping you to keep up to date with our activities.
Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Order (DNACPR)
A DNACPR decision is a decision made in advance that attempted CPR would not be appropriate for a person in the event of cardiac arrest.
Advanced Directive Form and Leaflet
An Advance Directive is a formal document which enables you to refuse life-prolonging medical treatments/interventions in the event of a situation arising where you cannot refuse them at the time (e.g because you are unconscious — perhaps in a coma — following a stroke, heart attack or car crash).
Friends at the End Annual Accounts 2016-17
A copy of the the annual accounts are available below
Friends at the End Annual Accounts 2017-18
A copy of the the annual accounts are available below
Politicians Contact Information
We have pulled together contact information for MSP’s and MP’s across Scotland along with information on their position on Assisted Dying, we would encourage members to contact their representatives particularly if their position is unknown (we would appreciate it if you can feedback any information gathered from these contacts)
South of Scotland Politicians List
West of Scotland Politicians List
Lanarkshire Politicians List
Highland and Islands Politicians List
Glasgow Politicians List
Dundee Politicians List
Ayrshire Politicians List
Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire Politicians List
Edinburgh Politicians Lists
Advance Directive Project Information
In January the Scottish Government launched a consultation about the Adults with Incapacity Act, we would like to use this as an opportunity to ensure that Advance Directive’s are given a statutory basis in Scotland. To help with this we have developed a briefing sheet and a template letter we would encourage members to send this to their local papers and once the consultation has been launched to respond to the consultation personally. An information sheet to help with your consultation response has been developed.
Message from Dr Erika Preisig
Dear readers,and supporters of assisted voluntary death (AVD)
I am the president of the Swiss organisation lifecircle, fighting for the right to die in all countries. I have been working in palliative care for twenty years. For twelve years I have been working for both palliative care and assisted dying.
Life is wonderful, but it can become dreadful in case of incurable illness. Some illnesses are terminal such as cancer. Others are more cruel than cancer, such as Dementia, as they lead to unbearable suffering not only for the person concerned, but also for the family members and friends. Dementia does not kill for decades! One member said: “Dementia is the cancer of the soul, and this cancer will make you suffer for decades”. He is so right!
The worst thing about Dementia is that we will have more and more people in the future who have seen a relative or a friend die with this illness. For so many this is a dreadful experience. This is why more and more people will say: “I will never go through this, nor my family and friends”.
As long as I am of sound mind I will be able to choose AVD in Switzerland, which makes me live a much more quiet and peaceful. But my own biggest fear is to lose mental capacity. I do not want to go on living in this case. I myself will not let others care for me when my personality has changed into unconsciousness and I am no longer Erika. In case of Dementia I want to have the right to end my life in peace as long as I can take responsibility for my decision and my life. Let’s make AVD be legal also for non-terminal illnesses!
Please let us go on fighting for AVD all over the world, we all have the right to die the moment and the way we desire. Even in Switzerland it is difficult to have an AVD, officials are trying to stop people from making use of the most important human right, to end one’s life in peace in one’s own free will. We all will not give up until everyone has the right to die in dignity.
Dr. med. Erika Preisig
General practitioner and
President of the Foundation
Member’s News Archive
As as Member of Friends at the End, you have access to our Member’s News Archive. You can access the archive by clicking the link below.
Powerpoint and Presentation Notes
We hope that all our members will talk to their family and friends about end of life choices and our work to legalise Assisted Dying. For those who would be comfortable speaking to groups in their local area to raise awareness of our work, we have developed a powerpoint presentation and some notes to help with this.
Member’s Training Day Resources
We held a training day for member’s on 24th March the following handouts were provided