When life hurts more than death, when suffering overtakes living, and without a Voluntary Assisted Dying law, people see no other choice but to take matters into their own hands.
They’re almost 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. Listen to Lawrie's last letter below.
Lawrie Daniel, January 2018
Lawrie's story features in Episode 15 of the podcast Better Off Dead. Listen to it here