Death is not a particulaly pleasant topic. But, there is a beautiful article in the latest Humanists written by the wife of a man who completed what we call “assisted suicide”. I hope some of you will take a look at it.
It appears the couple were both academics. When they discovered the husband had a nasty kind of alzhemer’s, he began to worry about the two of them. Would he become dangerous to her? What would happen to her well being when he could no longer recognize her?
Eventually, he decided he wanted to die before the devastating onset of the disease. They investigated and eventually chose an organization to assist them, Final Exit Network.
The tricky part was the timing. They both wanted to enjoy as much of their life together as possible, but he was required to do much of the suicide preparations and final act. So, it had to be done before he lost the mental ability to accomplish all the steps.
All through the planning, they both had to attest over and over to the people from Final Exit this was his decision and no one else’s. Right up to the last minute he was given the option of backing out.
The wife’s story of the experience led me to conclude people should be afforded this option without fear of government or other interference. The problem with dying in this way is a political one.
Anti abortion operatives do not want individuals making decisions only they are qualified to make.