Tag Archives: Switzerland

Assisted (costs of) suicide

Most people agree that every person has the right to seek happiness in their own way, and to live life, even choosing the time and manner of death, in the way that they would wish. In Switzerland, any citizen can … Continue reading

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A British hero

For those lucky enough to be able to afford the thousands of pounds required for an assisted suicide at Dignitas, Switzerland, there remains one extra hurdle that is sometimes difficult to surmount: a travelling companion who will accompany you and … Continue reading

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41,689 performances. 2,542 shows. 258 venues. One death.

This month, the number of people in Edinburgh is set to triple as it hosts its enormous Festival Fringe. Spanning comedy, serious drama and light entertainment as well as dance and music, the Festival has something for everyone amid its … Continue reading

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Talk about Dignitas? The police want to know . . .

Can you imagine having your movements restricted after talking about the Terry Pratchett programme? That was the incredible scenario facing Nicola Sherwood and her mum after visiting Nicola’s ailing father, John Withers. John, 74yrs,  has been suffering with Alzheimers for … Continue reading

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A quick guide to Dignitas

A reader recently asked if we could produce a guide to Dignitas, the Swiss assisted suicide organisation, together with some pros and cons. We are happy to oblige. Please note Exit does not give personal advice about Dignitas beyond the … Continue reading

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Rights and being right are not the same

British law is caught in a neverneverland over assisted suicide. It’s kind of illegal (by statute) and kind of legal (by the the Director of Public Prosecutions guidelines – as long as you satisfy criteria retrospectively). So what’s a genuine, … Continue reading

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Suicide by painful chemical gas – not the way to go!

Exit has received information that persons are resorting to risky methods of rational (or irrational) suicide. The trend to use chemicals began in third-world countries and with information coming from Japan, but appears to be spreading to the Western world. … Continue reading

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Ian McEwan joins the call for law reform

Best selling author Ian McEwan has joined other prominent celebrities in calling for legislation to allow terminally ill patients to receive medical help to die. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, he spoke of his desire to control his … Continue reading

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Gently, gently, catch the monkey – “rights” rejected by the courts

“Major social issues such as euthanasia are not fit to be decided by rights, and this is a good example to show rights are not a panacea for all social problems. This is because rights are necessarily enforced by judges, … Continue reading

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From Barcelona to Basel, and an end to suffering

From Barcelona to Basel is less than 500 miles – an hour and a half’s flight or overnight on the train. But for Jordi, an 80-year-old Barcelona man with severe respiratory problems, it was a deeply desired journey for his … Continue reading

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More arrests, more dignified death, prosecution unlikely

Two more people have been arrested, for providing very nominal ‘assistance’ to someone going to Switzerland to die. A 47-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man, both from South Shields in England’s north-east, have been arrested on suspicion of intentionally doing … Continue reading

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