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The Final Exit with Robert Rivas

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The Final Exit with Robert Rivas

Jane is honored to have on the attorney for The Final Exit Network, Robert Rivas. Robert has dedicated his life to advocacy in the movement for right to death with dignity. Robert is the author of the SADD, which stands for Supplemental Advance Directive for Dementia Care.  Robert Rivas’ legal advocacy in this movement dates back to the mid-‘90s. This show will make you think about what’s important if you should ever need this type of assistance. It’s a show about The Final Exit on the Next Room.

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Robert_Vanity_Fair_RR_pix_802987963.jpegDementia is one of the most dreadful of ways to die. It can rob people of all autonomy and leave them in that condition for years, ultimately stripping them of all selfhood. Their bodies may be kept alive by hand feeding in a nursing home for years after they no longer know where they are.

Final Exit Network offers its Exit Guide services — information, education, and compassionate support — to early stage dementia sufferers who have made a rational choice to hasten their deaths while they are still competent to make this choice. 

But most people are unwilling to die when they are unsure whether the time has come, which is to say, they are afraid they might leave “good time” on the table. They may live in constant anxiety over whether their “window of opportunity” is closing.

FEN has developed a tool to help relieve this anxiety — the “SADD,” or Supplemental Advance Directive for Dementia. The SADD is a legal document — an Advance Directive — in which you demand that your caregivers discontinue hand feeding and hydration but provide you with quality palliative care to enable you to die with dignity.

Unfortunately, there is still some uncertainty whether an AdvanceDirective’s demand to discontinue hand feeding and hydration is legallyenforceable. The law in this area is still developing. In the meantime, FEN is prepared — at its own expense — to defend your choice and litigate, if necessary, to establish the legal enforceability of the SADD.

The author of the SADD, FEN’s attorney Robert Rivas’ legal advocacy in the movement for the right to death with dignity dates back to the mid-‘90s.


About Jane Asher:

Jane Asher is a natural connector, who got her start in media through Michigan radio in 1980. She soon traveled west and has worked at legendary radio stations such as KTYD Santa Barbara, KGB, KSON and K-BEST 95 in San Diego. She also received the prestigious Marconi Award for her work on 98.1 KIFM.

Her natural curiosity led her to expand her business by including marketing and social media. When anyone asks her what she does for a living she responds; "I connect inspired people with one another, especially those with a desire to help others."

Jane has been involved in many international missions. She is part of a team for the past five years that has been building homes in Tijuana for families in need. She has also traveled to El Salvador to feed the homeless, Malaysia to help build a school on Borneo, and Armenia to work with women and children in the small village of Amre Taza. Recently she was in the Dominican Republic on humanitarian mission.

After years in broadcasting, voiceover and social media she is finally answering her true calling. Writing. Her forth-coming book(s) deal with her fascination and connection with souls that have transitioned. She is actively in research mode and writing daily. Her show on Empower~ The Next Room is part of her attraction process and research for her book.