Lawrie's last letter

When life hurts more than death, when suffering overtakes living, and without a Voluntary Assisted Dying Law, one Victorian a week takes matters into their own hands.

They’re always alone, without saying a proper goodbye to their loved ones. Lawrie wrote: “If we had a compassionate Voluntary Euthanasia process in this country, none of this would have to happen the way that it has. I hope you can forgive me, and that you and the children won’t see this as selfish, but as self care, and self-compassion in a country where I had no alternative.”

Despite the best palliative care, there’s no relief for suffering.

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