To Whom it May Concern Please don’t condemn us, or feel badly of us for what we have done.
We have thought clearly of this for a long time and it has taken a long time to get the drugs needed.
We are in our late 80s and 90 is on the horizon. At this stage, would it be wrong to expect no deterioration in our health? More importantly, would our mental state be bright and alert?
In 1974 we both lost our partners whom we loved very dearly. For two and a half years Marjorie became a recluse with her grief, and Sid became an alcoholic. We would not like to go through that traumatic experience again. Hence we decided we wanted to go together.
We have no children and no one to consider.
We have left instructions that we be cremated and that our ashes be mixed together. We feel that way, we will be together forever.
Please don’t feel sad, or grieve for us. But feel glad in your heart as we do.
Sidney and Marjorie Croft
The Crofts are the private face of an increasingly common sentiment among older people; that is that a good life should be able to be brought to an end with a good death, when and if a person so chooses. To suggest, as many in the medical profession have done, that the Crofts were ‘depressed’ is to trivialise and patronise them in a doctor-knows-best way.