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Adrienne Dare with her mother

Adrienne with her mother

Editor’s Note: A dedicated and long-standing End of Life Options New Mexico (EOLONM) Volunteer, Adrienne Dare is passionate about her advance healthcare planning and end of life options work. She is a leader in southern New Mexico for EOLONM overseeing a range of activities and events in Silver City and across Grant County. We are immensely grateful to Adrienne for her leadership, advocacy, and compassionate care.

Adrienne’s Story

Why I am so passionate about end-of-life issues….

In 2002 my mother had terminal cancer. She was able to use Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law which gave her the option of Medical Aid in Dying to relieve her suffering. I sat at her bedside the night before she died and when I put my head down on her bed, I heard her say “Adrienne don’t cry, I am alright.” 

In the morning, she was in her bedroom surrounded by family, her minister and two Compassion in Dying volunteers. When the volunteer handed her the medicine, she started chugging it down as fast as she could. After she finished drinking, she had a little smile on her face and was in a coma before dying peacefully surrounded by family.

This is what she wanted for herself.

Knowing that my mother chose Medical Aid in Dying to avoid intolerable suffering to have a peaceful death surrounded by family has given me enormous comfort for more than 20 years. I want others to know how successful this option can be for family members and friends who qualify.

Because of this experience I am passionate about helping people talk about death and to understand the need to plan for their death and to know about all end of life options.

Adrienne’s request

Dear Friends,

As you’ve read above, my commitment to end of life options and advance healthcare planning work is deeply personal and meaningful.

I am writing to you today to let you know that the Annual Grant County Give Grandly Fundraising Campaign will take place on Saturday May 4, 2024, between 9:00 – 2:00. I hope you will Save the Date and plan to come to the Makers’ Market on Main Street Plaza, off Bullard between 7th and 8th Streets to participate in the FUN Festivities!

We’d love to see you at our End of Life Options New Mexico (EOLONM) booth along with the many other local non-profits that are working hard to enhance our community. Please join us and EOLONM to celebrate giving in person while enjoying the live music, fun and food.

Give Grandly is a great opportunity to support us. Our mission is to educate and inform ALL New Mexicans about all end of life options including understanding the New Mexico Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act supporting Medical Aid in Dying.

All year-round, the EOLONM Grant County/Silver City volunteers make presentations and host tabling events to local groups and organizations. We also provide classes about specific end of life option topics. We encourage people to talk about death with family, friends, and their medical team to help plan for end of life by completing Advance Healthcare Directives, Living Wills and more.

If you’d like to give to EOLONM/Give Grandly online, you may do so from April 20th to May 20th as part of the Give Grandly! event.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.

Thank you for supporting of End of Life Options New Mexico (EOLONM)

Sincerely,

Adrienne Dare

EOLONM Grant County/Silver City Public Outreach/Education Volunteer

Give Grandly! Grant County/Silver City

COMING SOON!

Live, in-person event on May 4th

In addition to donating during the Give Grandly live event in Silver City, you can also contribute to EOLONM at the GiveGrandly! website to make your donation online any time between April 20 to May 20!

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