Hemlock Society & Foundation of Florida

Hemlock Society of Florida, Inc.

The Hemlock Society of Florida, Inc. is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(4) right-to-die organization registered within the State of Florida. It is an organization for Floridians and anyone who supports our mission. Donations to the Society are not tax-deductible to donors.

The PURPOSE of the Hemlock Society of Florida is to promote Advance Directives, advocate for patients’ rights and educate on right-to-die issues.

Hemlock Society PROMOTES Advance Directives (Living Will and Appointment of Surrogate) by offering guidance in completing these documents.

The Hemlock Society of Florida SUPPORTS LEGISLATION for Physician Aid-in-Dying for mentally competent, terminally ill individuals who request it.

Hemlock Society of Florida INFORMS residents on right-to-die issues that are occurring within Florida and around the world. We no longer publish The Beacon, but information can be obtained from the World Federation of Right to Die Societies.

Hemlock Society offers SPEAKERS to groups within Florida on all of the above issues.


Death of Frank Kavanaugh, valued Hemlock of Florida board member

It is with great sadness that I am reporting on the death of Frank Kavanaugh, Hemlock of Florida board member and longtime advocate for the death with dignity movement. Frank currently lived in Sarasota and was a former member of the faculty at George Washington University Medical Center.

As recently as January, Frank had given a speech at the North Port Library on choosing your healthcare surrogate. Since January, his life had taken a turn out of the public spotlight as he devoted his time to caring for his wife, first at home and later with daily visits to her nursing home, where her neurological condition became progressively worse over recent months.

It was reported in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: "According to a release from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, officers responded at 1:17 a.m. to the Solaris Healthcare Facility in Port Charlotte, where Kavanaugh, 81, and his wife Barbara, 88, had died as a result of gunshot wounds."

Frank was a great advocate and friend of the movement. He had graciously accepted a position on the Hemlock of Florida board, but had recently made it clear that he was increasingly devoting his time to his wife's care and could only participate as an adviser.

Frank Kavanaugh will be sadly missed and the loss of his great wisdom and input will be a tremendous loss to the movement.

Best Wishes to all of our Hemlock family at this sad time.

Julia Hanway
President Hemlock of Florida, Inc.

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