Some people who choose rational suicide resent the fact that they are made 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, as a rule of thumb, most media are keen on personal stories that involve suffering and heroism.
Take the story of Australian grandmother, Nancy Crick, as an example. Nancy went public with her plans to invite 21 end of life choices campaigners to be with her on the night she took her Nembutal. In telling her story Nancy wanted to force the authorities to clarify whether it was a breach of the law to be with someone when they die. Nancy died peacefully, sipping on Baileys and smoking her last cigarette. The Australian Police never did decide to charge those present. This grey area of the law prevails to this day.
Over the years, Exit has found that an alternative approach is for the person to film their story, or provide an interview, on the condition that it be published only after their death. This was the case with 31-year-old Angelique Flowers. Angelique’s Internet plea to the Australian Prime Minister was front page news in The Sydney Morning Herald.