DIGNITAS – To live with dignity - to die with dignity” is an association in accordance with Swiss law and was founded on 17 May 1998 at Forch (near Zurich). The organisation, which pursues no commercial interests whatsoever, has in accordance with its constitution the objective of ensuring a life and a death with dignity for its members and of allowing other people to benefit from these values.

The activities of DIGNITAS comprise, amongst others:

  • Advising in regard to all end-of-life issues
  • Cooperation with physicians, clinics and other associations
  • Carrying out Patient’s Instructions and patient’s rights with regard to doctors and clinics
  • Suicide and suicide attempt prevention
  • Support in conflicts with the authorities, with the management of nursing homes and with doctors not chosen by the patient
  • Further development of law in regard to questions about “last matters”
  • Accompaniment of dying patients and assistance with a self-determined end of life.

On 26 September 2005, based on German initiative, “DIGNITAS – To live with dignity - To die with dignity” (German section) e.V.” was founded in Hannover, in order to follow up on the objectives of DIGNITAS through an association specifically for German residents.

Today, these two associations count more than 10 000 members in around 100 different countries. Both associations are members of the World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies WFRtDS and Right to Die Europe RtDE.

Every day, DIGNITAS is contacted by people from all over the world who seek authentic and honest advice on questions regarding life and death, without taboo, paternalism and stigmatization. Over 30 part-time employees take care, directly and indirectly, of the needs of the association's members and further persons.


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P.O. Box 17
8127 Forch

Telephone international
+41 43 366 10 70
Telephone within Switzerland
043 366 10 70
(Mon to Fri, 9:00 - 12:00 / 13:30 - 16:30 hours)

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+41 43 366 10 79
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