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Other things to Consider Telling Your Story Publicly
Some folk who choose rational suicide resent the fact that they have to act like criminals in order to die with dignity. While some travel overseas to acquire prohibited drugs. Others lie to their doctors and deceive those they love. Most of us are acutely aware that this cloak of darkness has to change.
This is why some people want their deaths to mean something publicly. Telling your story in the media is one way to push the debate forward. If you think you would like to contribute to public debate and encourage legislators to act, there are several options available. As trite as it might sound, media outlets are often keen to receive personal stories that involve suffering and heroism.
Take the story of Australian grandmother, Nancy Crick, as an example. Nancy went public with her plans invite 21 end of life choices campaigners to be with her and her family the night she died by taking Nembutal, and the media were captivated. In telling her story Nancy wanted to force the authorities to clarify whether it was breaking the law to be with someone when they die. Nancy did die peacefully, taking Nembutal after sipping on Baileys and smoking her last cigarette, but her plan to clarify the law was never realised.
An alternative approach is for the person to record their story, or film an interview, with the provision that it be published only after their death. This was the case with 31-year-old Angelique Flowers.