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The Lifecircle/Eternal Spirit Process (contributed by Sophie Haesen)
In recent years, a second assisted suicide service that caters for foreigners has emerged. The association ‘Lifecircle’ was created in the Basel region of Switzerland in 2011 and is thus the newest right-to-die organization in Switzerland. Its founder is Dr Erika Preisig, a general practitioner and former consultant physician for Dignitas.
Lifecircle is an association established under Swiss law to encourage free choice in life and death while aiming to improve a person’s quality of life. Membership is open for any person over 18 years, and can be obtained via the website or by sending a letter/email requesting membership and indicating name, date and place of birth, address and nationality. A yearly membership fee of 50 CHF (Swiss Francs) is payable.
Upon joining Lifecircle, members are invited to send a copy of their living will that
is then stored at the
association’s archive and is accessible via internet in case of need.
Although foreign residents should not have to travel abroad to die peacefully, this possibility is open to non Swiss citizens, as long as legislation in their home