To be clear, 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 equally in the context of old age, as in the context of serious illness. This is why all elderly people should have access to the best end of life information.
If we all have the right to end their lives peacefully, reliably and with dignity (and other than nature intends it), then access to accurate, up-to-date information is critical. Most people hope that they will never need to use this Exit Plan information, but we are all comforted in knowing that if things ‘turn bad,’ we 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 not only provides control and peace of mind but keeps families and loved ones safe from the law. An end of life plan is the responsible thing to do.