When details of the Croft’s and Lisette Nigot’s death were made public, many tried to medicalize their situations. An assortment of diseases and conditions were suggested as reasons for their decision to end their lives. Underpinning all of this was the belief that ‘well’ people do not take their own life.
At Exit we do not encourage anyone, sick or well, to take their own life. We do, however, believe that a decision to end one’s life can be rational. Such a decision can occur just as much in the context of age as in the context of serious suffering and disease. This is why all elderly people should have access to reliable end of life information; information which is critical if mistakes are to be prevented.
Mademoiselle Lisette Nigot Conclusion
If one is to suggest that the elderly and seriously ill have the right - for good and sound reasons - to end their lives earlier than nature would have it, then the provision of accurate, up- to-date information is an important first step.
People want to know how to end their lives peacefully, reliably and with dignity. Most people know that they may never use this information. All are comforted, however, in knowing that if things ‘turn bad’ as they put it, they have a plan in place. Remember, suicide is legal, yet assisting a suicide is illegal. This is why everyone should develop an end of life plan. An end of life plan will keep one’s family and loved ones safe from the law. An end of life plan is the responsible thing to do.