With everyone living longer, some older people have strong opinions against being kept alive 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 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.
The ways in which each family deals with the loss of a loved one, even if their death were planned, is uniquely individual. This Chapter, however, provides a few tips. To this end, this Chapter discusses issues such as suicide notes, death certificates (and how to avoid the police becoming involved), the legal issues associated with the cleaning away of equipment, autopsies