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What would you do? Let the individual decide.

In the first week of the new year came the news of an elderly ill couple that had ended their lives together. As people read these words, their responses may be of many different kinds. There are those who are, … Continue reading

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Why do so many people choose a painful death?

Media reporting has often been blamed for suicide fads. A rock star dies by barbiturate poisoning and others follow. Barbiturate poisoning was generally peaceful and is less common now only due to the difficulty of obtaining the drugs. But other … Continue reading

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Methods of suicide

There are two fairly distinct groups of people who consider suicide, or do end their life by suicide – the first is those who very regrettably feel unable to bear what essentially is, or should be, a temporary trauma – … Continue reading

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Helium vs hydrogen sulphide – when will the madness stop?

Three news stories in the past 24 hours – one needlessly unpleasant death by hydrogen sulphide, a woman sentenced for providing the means for a more painless death, and an organisation attacked in the courts for providing information and support … Continue reading

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Assisted suicide charges being dropped in historic verdict

The Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta USA has struck down a statute on assisted suicide as unconstitutional. In a 7-0 decision, written by Justice Hugh Thompson, The Court ruled that groups can use freedom of speech to inform people on … Continue reading

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A less than glad end

Sharlotte Hydorn, an elderly lady in California, has pleaded guilty to selling helium hoods (“Gladd Bags”) worldwide, and finally been charged with something – tax evasion – after months of speculation over whether she was breaking any laws. The Gladd … Continue reading

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Who is allowed to die? (peacefully)

The death of 59-year-old man in a Derbyshire Travelodge hotel has raised many issues – from kindness and consideration to privacy and intrusive laws. More worryingly, it raises the blurry line between rational suicide and the regrettable deaths of individuals … Continue reading

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Workshops warn dangers chemical suicide

Rational suicide using a tank of helium and a helium hood in a car (in a secluded place where discovery and interruption is unlikely) is a peaceful and painless method if anyone should be in a situation where suffering has … Continue reading

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Death panic

There is a degree of obsessiveness – in an entirely healthy sense – about wanting to be in control of one’s own life. For some people, this includes being in control of the moments just before one of life’s biggest … Continue reading

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More rights & wrongs of how to die – compression

Ins & outs of compression A slightly worrying variation on the compression method of suicide surfaced recently when a newspaper reported a 15-yr old using a blood-pressure cuff around his neck. He probably didn’t intend to die by suicide – … Continue reading

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Chemicals suicide vs helium gas death

Exit doesn’t publish ‘how-to’ information on its website – that is reserved for the literature and workshops. But a twenty second google search will tell you how to end your life with helium. Only slightly longer is needed to find … Continue reading

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