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What is “appropriate” dying?

Instead of a set of rules where “one size fits all”, or wordily-phrased “rights”, psychologists have looked at a different model: one of, “Is this an appropriate death?” The most common scenario, where laws are proposed based on certain check-boxes … Continue reading

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Afraid of dying?

Earlier this year on this Blog, we added the strapline, Taking away the fear of death. Fear of dying badly is one aspect, hence Exit’s original mission; fear of everything coming to an end is also an aspect. Knowing how … Continue reading

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Can breathing inert gas rupture the lungs?

A correspondent recently contacted us with an unusual concern. He had read that breathing helium could rupture the lungs: hardly a peaceful death! Helium is an inert gas and perfectly pleasant to breathe (though dangerous as it can produce unconsciousness … Continue reading

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Suicide and impulsivity

What can be done to help people to make rational choices? Abolitionists will say, “What about people who die who shouldn’t?” One should never advise or encourage anyone to commit suicide. In fact dissuading is part of the ‘right-to-die’ remit, … Continue reading

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When this tide is not for turning

Falconer’s bill hits the rocks. Eighty years of no change. Public opinion consistently demands euthanasia law reform. Is the tide really turning? In 1935, a group of eminent persons proposed a bill to allow voluntary euthanasia under carefully controlled conditions.The … Continue reading

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A small site update (we’ve added a few FAQ’s)

Just a quick post to let regular readers know we have updated the reference pages on the top menu to include an FAQ. These Frequently Asked Questions will be updated or added to occasionally. If you have a question that … Continue reading

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One cannot escape death

The thought of dying is one that most people push aside, at least until it seems imminent (to ourselves or someone close to us). The mission of Exit can be described as taking away the fear of death. A large … Continue reading

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A nitrogen workshop and a special invitation!

Martin Amis is famous not just for his hard-hitting novels but for his outspoken stance on euthanasia. His position, however, is a personal one, arrived at not for the sake of exercising his vast skill as a writer but as … Continue reading

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Choices are individual

Jean Davies was 86 when she died. She had devoted most of her life to the “right-to-die” movement and died both in a time and manner of her own choosing. Why, one must ask, did she starve herself to death? … Continue reading

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Nitrogen & helium: airing differences

As noted in our earlier Blog, the ‘right-to-die’ movement went into a bit of a tailspin over the news that Balloon Time, a manufacturer of helium party-balloon kits, was henceforth diluting their product. This was because helium had offered a … Continue reading

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The quality of mercy is not strain’d

“You wouldn’t let a dog suffer like that” is a phrase that often comes to mind when witnessing the struggles of someone who, despite the best efforts of palliative care, is in a prolonged and unbearable agony: someone who in … Continue reading

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