It's time for Touch #6

If you are new to Arizona End-of-Life Options the headline above may not make much sense. But those volunteers who have been part of our Seven Touches legislative outreach campaign know that we are at a critical time in our efforts to make sure than every elected official in the Arizona legislature is familiar with the concept of medical aid in dying (MAID). Now we are ready for Touch #6 and the opportunity to ask all 30 Senators and 60 Representatives for their opinions about MAID.     
          "We are asking each of our volunteers to contact the staffers of each of the legislators who represent their district," AZELO President Dr. Dwight Moore said.
          For your convenience, here are links to the 90 legislators and their staff members, along with their phone numbers. They are listed by Legislative District (LD). 
Senate Staff     House Staff
          "This is undoubtedly the most important step in the Seven Touches campaign to date," Moore said.
          "We need our volunteers to call the staffers in their District and request an appointment with the legislator either by phone or via ZOOM. Since you likely have already either left a message or talked with them during the Fifth Touch, this request for an appointment should not be a surprise."
          NOTE: If you get turned down, don’t despair. Recognize that elected officials are swamped with meeting requests throughout the year. Ask the staffer how you might send a brief message about medical aid in dying that the legislator will actually read. Finally, ask the staffer where the legislator stands on the issue and suggest that you can call back in the next several days to try again for a phone call or brief Zoom meeting.
          After your make your calls, be sure to fill out the online Roll Call Tool with a brief description of the results of each contact.          
         If you are new to the Seven Touches, no worries. We can use your help at any point in the process. Just follow these directions. We are attempting to connect with the legislators to make sure they have accurate information about medical aid in dying, and to determine their opinions on the topic -- good, bad, or indifferent. The important thing is to find out where they stand. Here is a handy Fact Sheet to help you prep for your calls. If you have questions about any aspect of the Seven Touches process, please call Dwight Moore at 360-223-4958.

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Virtual grieving seems here to stay
          What happened last Sunday, Sept. 22, may have seemed impossible six months ago.
          When Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted in March that Covid-19 could kill as many as 200,000 Americans, skeptics accused him of fearmongering. But Fauci was right. And the U.S. has reached that joyless milestone even earlier than predicted.
            To compound the pain, the virus has crippled our ability to properly grieve for our dead as we have for generations.
            Traditionally, at a time of loss, a funeral, burial or celebration of life occurs, where individuals gather together to pay final respects to the deceased and support the bereaved. But. physical distancing measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including limiting group gatherings, lockdowns, and self-quarantine for travelers, have greatly affected social and therapeutic forms of mourning. While most traditional funeral providers still offer services, the pandemic has, by necessity, reshaped the socializing aspect of their businesses and forced adoption of inconvenient masking and distancing protocols.  
            Conversely, demand for virtual funerals is growing. A virtual funeral can be a practical alternative to a traditional funeral, allowing individuals to connect, grieve, and commemorate via digital technologies, including smartphone or computer. Cheap and reliable internet technology has made real-time connections almost universally accessible.
          In some cases, local funeral providers may already be equipped to record and stream a virtual service; and in other cases, family members may choose to record the service and stream it themselves. In addition, there are several third-party companies that specialize in streaming virtual funerals including:  GatheringUs, TribuCast, One Room, Midwest Streams, and Viewneral),
            Alternatively, there are a number of free online programs to live stream a service Those include Zoom, YouTube Live, Facebook Live, and Vimeo.
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September 23, 2020

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