PENNINGTON, N.J., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- This week, Final Exit Network continues the rollout of billboards on the nation's highways and in the night sky, to help raise public awareness and promote a dialogue on the right to die with dignity.
During the last two weekends of October the evening sky will be lit up shortly after nightfall over Baltimore and Washington. The scrolling message of "Die with Dignity" and the organization's contact information will be carried by a helicopter on a giant lighted grid.
A traditional billboard will also appear on the interstate highway in South Florida with this message: "Irreversible illness? Unbearable Pain? Die with Dignity ... Join Final Exit Network."
Those who view the billboards are encouraged to get in touch with their local media and to share their feelings on the right to a death with dignity.
The boards are being paid for, in part, by member donations. Final Exit President Jerry Dincin said, "Anyone wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution toward future billboards is welcome to do so by making a donation on the organization's website."
The Final Exit Network believes that mentally competent adults have a basic human right to end their lives when they suffer from a fatal or irreversible illness they can no longer bear, when their quality of life is personally unacceptable, and the future holds only hopelessness and misery. Such a right shall be an individual choice, including the timing and companion, free of any restriction by the law, clergy, medical profession, even friends and relatives, no matter how well intentioned. Dincin notes, "Only laws in Oregon, Washington and Montana currently allow hastening death at the end of life, while national polls continually show more than 70% of Americans favor an individual's right to die when medical circumstances warrant."
The organization offers free service to all members who qualify, providing relevant information, home visits, if possible, and compassionate counseling for the individual and family. It further promotes the use of advanced directives and other legal instruments to document the intentions of any individual and to increase the likelihood that their wishes at the end of life will be honored.
Final Exit Network is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to counseling, support, and guidance for those clients, who themselves choose the when, how, under what circumstances, and especially IF, to proceed. Dincin stresses that "FEN does not encourage anyone to end their life, does not provide the means to do so and does not actively assist in the person's death. We do, however, believe in the ultimate human right of people to end their lives when circumstances justify, and to have support in carrying out their plan."
Final Exit Network is a five-year-old non-profit, run exclusively by volunteers and committed to serve many whom other organizations may turn away. More information is available from their website: http://www.finalexitnetwork.org, E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 866-654-9156.
SOURCE Final Exit Network