Events & Publications

Upcoming Events


August 25, 2017 (10am – 10:45am) – Book reading and sharing of Choosing to Die at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St, Bellingham, WA 98225.

September 27, 2017 (11am – 12:30pm) – Workshop on Expanding End of Life Choices at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St, Bellingham, WA 98225.

October 08, 2017 (1 – 3pm) – Presentation on Expanding End of Life Choices at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St., Ferndale, WA 98248 .

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Past Events


August 03, 2017 – Death by Design podcast: Episode 32: Phyllis Shacter, Author/ Advocate of VSED. Applying her vast experience as a storyteller to her passion, Kimberly C. Paul is radically changing the way people face end of life. The concept of “Death by Design” is to inspire individuals and their families to create a blueprint for an inevitable journey that reflects the beauty of life and the positive destination of end of life.

June 11, 2017 @ 4PM – Book reading and sharing of Choosing to Die at Village Books, 1200 11th Street in Bellingham, WA.

April 9, 2017 – Book Release Celebration at the Center for Spiritual Living Bellingham.

October 28, 2016 – The Western Washington University Palliative Care Institute hosted Death Happens: Let’s Talk About Your Choices at the Center for Spiritual Living Bellingham. Click to view a video from the event “Family Support Perspectives: VSED (Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking)” presented by Phyllis Shacter.

October 14-15, 2016 – Featured speaker at Hastening Death by Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking: Clinical, Legal, Ethical, Religious, and Family Perspectives at Seattle University School of Law

September 21, 2016 – End of Life Choices: One Local’s Story with Phyllis Shacter as part of the Whatcom YMCA Senior Socials & Speakers Series

September 26, 2015 – “Alzheimer’s: Perspectives, Realities, Choices”. Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

September 15, 2015 – “Not Here By Choice” presentation. Blooming with Boomers Conference, Lynnwood Conference Center

June 12, 2015 – Live KSVR Radio Interview

May 16, 2015 – Alzheimer and Dementia Forum, Pt. Townsend, Washington

May 11, 2015 – Live KPTZ Radio Interview, one week prior to Pt. Townsend, WA presentation

May 05, 2015 – “Speaking of Dying” film presentation in Bellingham, WA; participated on the panel after the film

April 16, 2015 – “Speaking of Dying” film presentation in Seattle; participated on the panel after the film

March 14, 2015 – Second Live Interview With Dr. Karen Wyatt on End-Of-Life University (EOLU)

February 02, 2015 – Presentation at Skyline At First Hill (Retirement Community)

November 07, 2014 – Featured Speaker at the Washington State End of Life Coalition

October 23, 2014 – Live Interview with Dr. Karen Wyatt on End-Of-Life University (EOLU)

October 8, 2014 – Showed TEDx online talk and facilitated discussion at “Art of Death” Conference in Bellingham, WA

November 25, 2013 – TEDxBellingham Presentation


Publications and Newspaper Articles


April 05, 2017 – “Choosing to Die – A Love Story for The Ages” Cascadia Weekly article by Amy Kepferle

Summer 2016 – Project MUSE, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: The National Inquiry of Bioethics (NIB) published an issue that included much information on Voluntary Stopping Eating & Drinking (VSED). You’ll find interesting and useful perspectives in this issue.

October 22, 2016 – “The VSED Exit: A Way to Speed Up Dying, Without Asking Permission” The New York Times article by Paula Span

October 9, 2016 – “When life becomes unbearable, stopping eating and drinking is an exit strategy” Bellingham Herald article by Kie Relyea

Fall 2015 – Letter to the Editor by Phyllis Shacter, fall issue 2015, Tikkun Magazine (scroll to bottom of page), about VSED and her husband’s choice to VSED rather than live into the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

September 23, 2015 – “Scary Statistics: PERSPECTIVES ON ALZHEIMER’S” Cascadia Weekly article by Phyllis Shacter

September 21, 2015 – “Wife explains how Bellingham husband chose to die” Bellingham Herald article by Dean Kahn

June 2015 – Publication of interview in “Whatcom Watch” in Bellingham, WA