One possible downside of ‘going public’, however, is that the tapes and records can be used as evidence in a court room. If you do want to prepare a farewell message, be sure to be careful what you say about the involvement of loved ones. After all, it was the airing on 60 Minutes of a video tape of Dr Kevorkian assisting his patient, Thomas Youk, that saw Kevorkian spend his next decade in prison.
A third possible way to tell your story publicly is for your family and those closest to you to speak for you after you have gone. This is a very safe option. However, without the imagery and direct quotes from you, there will be much less media interest