At Exit, a good death is a fundamental human right. Whether this means dying at home by employing one of the methods outlined in this Handbook or embracing a hospital admission in this time of COVID, the underlying themes of the discussion of this Chapter are personal choice and personal responsibility.
None of us would want to leave a loved one the subject of serious criminal charges for helping us to get the good death that we wanted. It is our choice to be prepared for our death. And it is our responsibility to safeguard those we love in the process.
As Philip Nitschke has said at every Exit workshop he has ever held: ‘if you are well enough to come to today’s workshop, you are well enough to get an Exit plan in place’.
In this time of COVID, the themes of choice and responsibility are all around us. Do we want to take our chances in hospital? Do we want fight to ensure we are allocated our fair share of the resources? Do we trust the system? The best we can do when we have precious few answer to our questions is to be prepared in every way we know how.