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asked to leave the room while the doctor examines the body, The police may view the video tape of the death and interview those present about the nature of the death. Was the death peaceful? Was it voluntary? Did it go according to the person’s wishes?
Once all questions are answered and the officials are comfortable, the family and friends of the deceased person can leave. The body is then removed to the funeral home, in preparation for either cremation or transportation back to the person’s country of origin.
Dignitas and the Swiss Law
While the statistics tend to vary, Dignitas staff confirm that around 300 people use their assisted suicide service each year. Well over half of these people are from countries other than Switzerland.
Fig 17.6: John Elliott on arrival at Zurich Airport