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gone before them. If anything should change societal attitudes about suicide, and rational suicide in particular, it is that the life expectancy is lengthening. And that as a result people are experiencing more ill health as a result. Old age and wellness do not always go hand in hand.
It is in this context that the chapter is provided. Anecdotal evidence shows that rational suicide is increasing in advanced western society. One recent Canadian study – undertaken from within the discipline of psychiatry - has dared to suggest that up to 30 percent of suicides may be the result of rational decisions of free will.
This suggests that even the medical profession
might be finally changing their view. The Suicide Note
In legal terms, whether one has the capacity to suicide is often a vexed question. This is why a suicide note can be especially useful. A statement that outlines in detail why a person has elected to end their life can be beneficial. The aim of this note is to show that the decision to die was the result of much consideration by the person involved. It would also be important to say that the decision was entirely an individual one and that no outside pressures were brought to bear. If the person was suffering from a serious illness this should also be mentioned. In other words, paint a picture which any reasonable person would be able to relate to and sympathise with.
Once you have prepared, signed and dated your suicide note, it is advisable to make a few photocopies. Give or mail one to a close friend (if you have told anyone of your plans).