1ES3 Dying Together
The text is an article from Time, an American conservative newsmagazine. It was released on August 3, 2009. It was written by Nancy Gibbs. The headline is Dying Together.
The article deals with/is about euthanasia and assisted suicide. Neither is legal in the UK. Euthanasia is legal in Oregon, Switzerland, the Netherlands (and Belgium since 2009).
They take the example of a very unusual « suicide pact » (usually, this refers to two or more teenagers who met on internet to kill themselves on the same day in the same way). Sir Edward Downes (Sir = he was knighted), 85, the former conductor of the Royal Opera, had been married for 54 years to Joan, 74. She was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer. She wanted a euthanasia. Her husband wanted to die with her, so he wanted an assisted suicide. But it is only legal in Switzerland.
They went to Zurich, where Dignitas is located. The clinic is set in hotel rooms, apartments and camper vans. They were greeted by psychologists, to make sure of your motivations and sanity. Then, you pay $7 000 a head. (By the way, the Downeses chose to pay for two). Then, the group directs you to one of their facilities. You drink the beverage they gave you (you can choose the flavor). Then, you go to sleep and never wake up.
The whole process is filmed to prove that this was YOUR decision and no one coerced you.