With a lengthening of the lifecourse, many older people have strong opinions against being kept alive by modern medicine well beyond their ‘use-by’ date. Many of us have seen family and friends living longer but sicker lives and we ask what for? What is the controversy in wanting to opt out earlier than nature (or more likely heroic modern medicine) allows? At Exit we believe that every rational adult should be allowed to make the fundamental, individual choice about when and how to die.
The aim of The Peaceful Pill eHandbook is to help ensure that one’s death may be peaceful and reliable and at a time of one’s own choosing. Our aim is also to ensure that the aftermath of a death is not unduly complex for those left behind. While we would like to say that we can help with stress levels, sadly this would be one step too far.
The ways in which each family deals with the loss of a loved one, even if their death was planned, is uniquely individual.This Chapter can, however, provide a few pointers in the context of the book’s overall aims. To this end, this Chapter discusses issues such as suicide notes, death certificates (and how to