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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 has always been a natural connector who has enjoyed a successful career in media and the music industry, most notably at major radio stations in San Diego and Santa Barbara. Several years ago, she stepped away from terrestrial radio when Empower Radio reached out and asked her to create a show about her passion. The Next Room podcast was born.

Demystifying death daily, she interviews professionals and practitioners from diverse backgrounds about death, dying, grief, beliefs and cultural traditions surrounding the journey we all must ultimately make. The show airs across 11 platforms and has connected her with extraordinary people throughout this community. The Next Room has recently become the official podcast of the Beautiful Dying Expo.

Jane is also passionate about being involved in mission work. She has been part of a team for over five years that has built homes in Tijuana for families in need through Lutheran Border Concerns. She has 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. Most recently, she was on a humanitarian mission in the Dominican Republic. 

Her book, The Next Room is a story transcending space and time, of a relationship between mother and daughter that grew stronger through death. Written together, by initially enlisting interpretation through a psychic medium, The Next Room takes us on a daughter's journey through learning eternal life lessons on forgiveness, grief, grace, gratitude, and the limitless love of all, God.

Jane lives in San Diego with her husband, Tom. She is now answering her passion-filled purpose and writing daily alongside her puppy and muse, Mamba.