Assisted Suicide Revisited
I don’t mean to flag a dead horse here and no pun intended either but with the news a week ago that the woman from Winnipeg who went to Zurich to die by assisted suicide had died, I can’t help but revisit this very sensitive issue. Read my take on that here.
After reading about her final moments, a few questions came to me. take this excerpt for example: In the moments before she died, Griffiths walked, talked and sang with family members in a sunny, warm garden on the Dignitas property just outside Zurich. So she had all her faculties before she died, right? So then why spend all that money when she could have done it herself in the privacy and comfort of her own home?
Next excerpt: “Then Griffiths settled in and took the first of two drinks that would end her life. The first was bitter, so she ate chocolate to temper the taste.” If someone is really dead set on killing themself, do they really care about taste? And why does it take two glasses of whatever it was? Why complicate the process?
Coincidentally, I read in the papers today that the founder of the place where Susan Griffiths died, admitted to disposing of the ashes of those that died there by throwing them in Lake Zurich in the dark of night. I hope Susan did her research. She wanted to die with dignity but I doubt being dumped into the lake is dignifying.
Just my take.
- Winnipeg woman dies with aid of doctor in Zurich; wished it could have been in Canada (globalnews.ca)
- Susan Griffiths’s final blog entry (cbc.ca)
- Winnipegger’s assisted suicide completed in Swiss garden (cbc.ca)