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Remember you could just hand over a sealed envelope and just ask them to keep it safe. That way you need not reveal the exact date and time of your plans. If you are in contact with a lawyer you could give one to them also. You could also leave one hidden in a drawer in your home.
A well written suicide note will not only help confirm that you knew what you were doing and the ramifications of your suicide - in short that you had capacity to die - but it will help keep others safe. It would be much more difficult for the police to charge a loved one with “assisting” - even if they were with you when you died - if you leave this all-important explanatory note.
Few people want their death to be noted as ‘suspicious’ which requires police involvement and maybe even an autopsy. A suicide note that explains your actions will also safeguard against this. In this scenario, the suicide note will provide a very useful safeguard if loved ones find themselves implicated in the death. If on the other hand, the person taking their life does not care that their death be a known suicide, the note can be left alongside their body.