Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

March 2017

March 31st, 3:30pm

When Hospice Patients Request Support for VSED: Organizational Policies that Guide Clinician Responses is a Good First Step

Clinical Director Judy Schwarz will present a workshop entitled “When Hospice Patients Request Support for VSED: Organizational Policies that Guide Clinician Responses is a Good First Step” at the HPCANYS conference in Saratoga Springs. To register: www.hpcanys.org


April 2017

April 3rd , 6:30 – 7:30pm

Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Consultant David Leven will present to nursing students at the College of New Rochelle.

April 6 th , 2:00 – 3:00PM and 3:15 – 4:15pm

Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Consultant David Leven will present to nursing students at the College of New Rochelle.

April 13 th , 1:00 -2:00pm

Things Your Doctor May Not Tell You (And Things You Should Tell Your Doctor)

Executive Director Laurie Leonard will present “Things Your Doctor May Not Tell You (And Things You Should Tell Your Doctor) at the Met Council Residence.

April 17 th , 6:30 – 8:30pm

The Power of Your Voice: End of Life Choices New York Aid in Dying Advocacy Training

Attendees will learn how to take action and advocate for medical aid in dying. EOLCNY supports the Medical Aid in Dying Act (S. 3151, A. 2383) which is sponsored by Senator Diane Savino and Assemblymember Amy Paulin. The bill gives terminally ill, mentally competent, adult patients the right to receive a prescription of medications which they can take (if they choose to do so) to achieve a peaceful death.

At our April 17 training: 

  • Actress Suzanne Hayes will read her play “My Own Tongue”, a first-person account of Cathy Quinn’s harrowing and courageous two-year struggle with cancer, including meeting the love of her life, checking some things off her bucket list, and finally ending with her desire to “go on her own terms” and her commitment to seeing aid in dying legalized in New York.
  • This powerful play will be followed by a presentation from Cathy’s boyfriend Scott Barraco who will talk about why he advocates for aid in dying and the challenges, successes, and lessons learned in his journey to support this bill in New York.
  • Our lobbyist Vince Marrone will provide an update on the legislative process, the politics of the issue, a review of the Medical Aid in Dying Act and tips on how you can be an effective advocate.
  • Executive Director Emeritus David Leven will provide an update on the lawsuit we initiated to legalize aid in dying in New York and an overview of other laws he has helped to get passed.
  • This event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Monday, April 17, at The Open Center, 22 East 30th Street between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue.

Registration is required. General admission tickets are free, but there is a limited supply. Please register by April 10th. To register, email events@endoflifechoicesny.org, or call 914-410- 0528.

April 18 th , 3:30-5:30

Executive Director Laurie Leonard will present a workshop on end of life care to MSW students at Columbia University.

April 18 th , 3:00 – 4:00pm

The Importance of Advance Care Planning

In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Consultant David Leven will present “The Importance of Advance Care Planning” at the Osborn Auditorium, 101 Theall Road, Rye, NY. This program is free and open to the public. RSVP to Deb Garvin at 914-925-9218 or dgarvin@theosborn.org.

April 20 th , 12:00-1:00pm

“Decisions Day” Lunch & Learn

In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Executive Director Laurie Leonard will present a “Decisions Day Lunch and Learn” to educate the staff at the Gramercy WeWork office about  directives.

April 20 th , 6:15 – 8:15pm

Being Mortal Screening & Discussion

In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day, End of Life Choices New York and Mavencare will co-host a screening and discussion of the documentary Being Mortal. The panel discussion will feature Clinical Director Judith Schwarz, Dr. Brian Murphy, and volunteer Rolly Woodyatt.Click here to register. 

April 20 th , 7:00 – 9:00pm

What You Should Know and Do to Have Your Health Care Wishes Respected and Receive Good Quality Care

Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Consultant David Leven will present “What You Should Know and Do to Have Your Health Care Wishes Respected and Receive Good Quality Care” at the Liphe Balance Center. There is a 10-dollar minimum registration fee. Call The Liphe Balance Center to reserve your space at (203) 912-2791.

April 27 th , 4:30-6:30pm

Executive Director Laurie Leonard will present on advance directives to What Matters Most Facilitators.

April 28 th , 11:00am – 12:00pm

Things Your Doctor May Not Tell You (And Things You Should Tell Your Doctor)

Executive Director Laurie Leonard will present “Things Your Doctor May Not Tell You (And Things You Should Tell Your Doctor)” at the NYU Division of Cognitive Neurology.


June 2017

June 7 th , 8:30am – 3:30pm

Palliative Art: Using the arts to improve care at the end of life

This full day conference will highlight how the arts can be used to educate and empower providers and patients at the end of life.

Sessions will include

  • Using Music as A Transient Element of Passage in End of Life Care, Joanne Loewy, DA, LCAT, MT-BC
  • Words That Heal: Poetry in Palliative Care, Jack Coulehan, MD,MPH
  • Breath, Gesture, and Movement: Dance/Movement Therapy in Palliative Medicine, Susan Orkand, MA, BC-DMT, CMA, ERYT
  • Comics and Care: Turning the Pages from Life to Death, Graphically Speaking, MK Czerwiec, RN
  • Documentary storytelling: Experiencing the end of life through the lens of patients' care, Carolyn Jones, Filmmaker

The conference will be held at Fordham Graduate School of Social Service located at 113 West 60 th Street.  Click here to register.

June 23rd , 2:15 -3:15pm

Things Your Doctor May Not Tell You (And Things You Should Tell Your Doctor)

Executive Director Laurie Leonard will present “Things Your Doctor May Not Tell You (And Things You Should Tell Your Doctor)” at the Visions Services for the Blind.


September 2017

September 26 th TBD

Aid in Dying

Dr. Timothy Quill lecture on medical aid in dying at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

September TBD

Annual Barbara Swartz End of Life Choices Lecture

The featured speaker will be Dr. Haider Warraich , who recently published the book “Modern Death – How Medicine Changed the End of Life.”  Dr. Warraich will discuss his book and aid in dying.