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Compassion & Choices (which was created by the merger of the Hemlock Society, briefly named End of Life Choices, with Compassion In Dying) is a nonprofit organization in the United States working to improve patients' rights and choices at the end of life. Its primary though not sole function is advocacy for and ensuring access to assisted suicide With approximately 40,000 supporters and 60 chapters, it is the largest organization of its kind in the United States. ==Terminally ill patient services==Compassion & Choices operates the End-of-Life Consultation program, which provides counselors for terminally ill patients and their families at no cost. Professional counselors and trained volunteers work by phone or in person to offer assistance in completing advance directives living wills; referrals to local services, including hospice and illness-specific support groups; advice on adequate pain and symptom management; and information on safe, effective methods for aid in dying as an option of last resort. - Source: Wikipedia

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