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There is no point going out in a lot of misery in my view of the endgame.  I have watched too many suffer a great deal in their passing, and have over time pulled together a collection of thoughtful, informative, and compassionate articles, links, and quotes, for those who might wish to consider a less painful, more peaceful alternative for both themselves and those who love them ~ Michael Holshouser





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They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice ... that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person ~ Arthur Schopenhauer


Just as I shall select my ship when I am about to go on a voyage, or my house when I propose to take a residence, so I shall choose my death when I am about to depart from life ~ Seneca


Am I a criminal?  The world knows I'm not a criminal.  What are they trying to put me in jail for?  You've lost common sense in this society because of religious fanaticism and dogma ~ Jack Kevorkian


Your much-loved father-in-law, Gaius Julius Caesar, died this afternoon.  As you know, he has been suffering from a malignancy in the throat for some time.  And this afternoon he fell on his sword.  He chose the best alternative, as I’m sure you will agree.  No man should linger to be a burden to his loved ones, especially when it detracts from his dignity and integrity as a man.  Is there one among us who prefers life to death when life mean lying in one’s own excrement, or being cleaned of their excrement by a slave?  No, when a man cannot command either his bowels or his gorge, it is time to go ~ Publius Rutilius Rufus (In a letter to Gaius Marius in The First Man in Rome, an historical fiction book by Colleen McCullough)





In 'The Suicide Plan,' Frontline Explores Hidden World of Assisted Suicide

Weighing the End of Life

When Prolonging Death Seems Worse Than Death

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How Rear Adm. Chester Nimitz Jr. and Joan Nimitz Chose to Die

Deciding to Die, Then Shown the Door

A Better Way to Die

Suicide (1897)

Cremation: The New American Way of Death

Americans Seriously Unprepared for Long-Term Care, Survey Finds

Helping Make the Best of the End of Life

The Top 5 Things to Do When a Loved One Is Dying

My Mother Deserved to Die Comfortably

Is Funeral Home Chain SCI's Growth Coming at the Expense of Mourners?

Life Lessons From Dad: Caring for an Elderly Parent

'Going to Switzerland' Is a Euphemism for Assisted Suicide

Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground

India has highest number of suicides in the world: WHO

Suicide kills one person worldwide every 40 seconds, WHO report finds

How to Make a Living in the Death Industry

Fighting to Honor a Father’s Last Wish: To Die at Home

Next: Assisted Suicide for Healthy People

Why I Hope to Die at 75


Nearing death, two people offer a journalist and caregiver life lessons


The Fallacy of 'Giving Up'


Nothing prepares you for being the daughter of ageing parents


The Right to Die


How we die should be a personal choice, not the government's


Why Immortality Is Overrated

Want to Live a More Fulfilled Life? Avoid the Number One Regret of the Dying

The Death and Life of John Shields


111 terminally ill patients took their own lives in first 6 months of California right-to-die law

It's time to talk about suicides among middle-aged men

Suicide rate hit 40-year peak among older teen girls in 2015

An unforeseen benefit of California's physician-assisted death law

Suicide Statistics

With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there’s a likely culprit

Literal death machine offers a way to peacefully slip out of existence

Oklahoma plans to use new execution method

This Strange Syndrome Causes People to Think Their Loved Ones Have Been Replaced by Impostors

When do you know you're old enough to die? Barbara Ehrenreich has some answers

Your Body is a Teeming Battleground

'I’m Not Happy. I Want to Die.' Australia's Oldest Scientist Will Travel to Switzerland for Assisted Suicide

US suicide rates increased more than 25% since 1999, CDC says

CNN's Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Radical ideas: Dying isn’t as bad as you think

All-American Despair
For the past two decades, a suicide epidemic fueled by guns, poverty and isolation has swept across the West, with middle-aged men dying in record numbers

Suicide among teens and young adults reaches highest level since 2000

Isolated And Struggling, Many Seniors Are Turning To Suicide

I planned to kill myself at 27 – now I’m 28. Here’s what happened

Suicides and homicides on the rise in young people

How to Recognize When a Loved One May Be Considering Suicide, and the Best Ways to Help

Your Brain 'Shields' Itself from the Existential Threat of Death


Hart Island, New York's public cemetery, prepares for new era, more diverse burials


Experts hope LGBTQ youth will call 988 — a new suicide lifeline number


How to plan a funeral without breaking your budget





Most Lethal Methods of Suicide


Suicide Statistics





Frontline: The Suicide Plan

Netflix: The Suicide Plan

Wikipedia: You Don't Know Jack (film)

Netflix: You Don't Know Jack

Wikipedia: Wit (film)

Netflix: Wit

Wikipedia: The Bridge

Netflix: The Bridge

Frontline: The Suicide Tourist

Wikipedia: Suicide Tourism

Netflix: The Suicide Tourist

Wikipedia: The Leisure Seeker


Novel: The Leisure Seeker


Netflix: The Leisure Seeker




Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End


The Conversation


How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter





Final Exit


Compassion & Choices

Assisted Suicide

Inert Gas Asphyxiation

Suicide Bag

Hemlock Society

Wikipedia: How to Die in Oregon

Wikipedia: Death With Dignity Act – Oregon Ballot Measure 16 (1994)

Lethal Injection

Hippocratic Oath

Wikipedia: Suicide Tourism

Wikipedia: List of Suicide Sites

Wikipedia: Suicide Bridge

Wikipedia: Lover's Leap

Wikipedia: Copycat Suicide




The Suicide Project

The Suicide Project: The Helium Hood Method





National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)




Sleepy Phoenix





Neptune Society


Trident Cremation Services


Modesto Neptune Society

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Final Exit Network


Wikipedia: Final Exit Network




Wikipedia: World Federation of Right to Die Societies





The Gun Shop Owner

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention





Views on Suicide



Altruistic Suicide

Benevolent Suicide

Copycat Suicide

Suicide Epidemic


Suicide Legislation


Philosophy of Suicide

Religious Views on Suicide

Right to Die


Suicide Crisis


Suicide Crisis


Assessment of Suicide Risk


Crisis Hotline


List of Suicide Crisis Lines


Suicide Intervention


Suicide Prevention


Suicide Watch


Suicide Types


Assisted Suicide


Bullying and Suicide


Copycat Suicide




Forced Suicide


Honor Suicide


Internet Suicide


Mass Suicide




Prisoner Suicide


Suicide Pact


Suicide Attack


Suicide Methods


Suicide Methods


Inert Gas Asphyxiation


Suicide Bag


Suicide Booth


Euthanasia Device


Suicide Bridge


Lover's Leap


Charcoal-Burning Suicide


Suicide by Hanging


Suicide by Cop






Epidemiology of Suicide


Teenage Suicide in the United States


Youth Suicide


Suicide among Native Americans in the United States


Suicide Among LGBT Youth


Gender Differences in Suicide


List of Countries by Suicide Rate




History of Suicide


List of Suicides


Suicide in Antiquity


List of Suicides in the 21st Century


In Warfare


Suicide Attack


Banzai Charge




Suicide Mission


Related Phenomena


Suicide Attempt


List of Suicide Sites


Suicidal Ideation




Suicide Note


Suicide Terminology


By Country


Suicide in the United States

Assisted suicide in the United States


Euthanasia in the United States




World Federation of Right to Die Societies


Compassion & Choices


Death with Dignity National Center




Exit International


Final Exit Network


Hemlock Society


Church of Euthanasia

Miscellaneous Articles


Final Exit


End-of-Life Care


Voluntary Euthanasia


Euthanasia Device




Lethal Injection


Terminal Illness


Advance Healthcare Directive


Do Not Resuscitate


Hippocratic Oath


Suicide Tourism


Advocacy of Suicide


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Google Search: Final Exit


Google Videos: Final Exit


Google Images: Final Exit

Google Search: Death and Dying


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Google Videos: Death and Dying




Medical Aid in Dying in the United States


Palliative Care in the United States


Hospice care in the United States


Hospices in the United States




How to Die in Oregon


Death With Dignity Act – Oregon Ballot Measure 16 (1994)




California End of Life Option Act


How the California End of Life Option Act Works


Information on the End of Life Option Act


California lawmakers approve right-to-die legislation


California legislature approves bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide


111 terminally ill patients took their own lives in first 6 months of California right-to-die law


An unforeseen benefit of California's physician-assisted death law





Wikipedia: Jack Kevorkian


Google Search: Jack Kevorkian


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Wikipedia: Brittany Maynard

Wikipedia: How to Die in Oregon

Wikipedia: Death With Dignity Act – Oregon Ballot Measure 16 (1994)

Brittany Maynard, ‘Death With Dignity’ Ally, Dies at 29

How Brittany Maynard renewed debate on ethics of right to die movement

Why Newlywed Brittany Maynard Is Ending Her Life in Three Weeks

Beyond Brittany: Assisted Suicides Happen in Every State, Insiders Say

Death With Dignity Advocate Brittany Maynard Dies in Oregon

Brittany Maynard, Advocate for Death With Dignity, Ends Her Life

Brittany Maynard, as promised, ends her life at 29

Google Search: Brittany Maynard




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BrainyQuotes: Suicide

BrainyQuotes: Suicidal Quotes

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People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad ~ Marcel Proust


Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom ~ Marcel Proust


No law can give or take away the choice to commit suicide ~ Maggie Gallagher


I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly ~ Albert Einstein (Last words after refusing surgery, on 18th April 1955)


It is always consoling to think of suicide: in that way one gets through many a bad night ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Suicide is man's way of telling God, 'You can't fire me - I quit.' ~ Bill Maher


Suicide sometimes proceeds from cowardice, but not always; for cowardice sometimes prevents it; since as many live because they are afraid to die, as die because they are afraid to live ~ Charles Caleb Colton


Patients who are being kept alive by technology and want to end their lives already have a recognized constitutional right to stop any and all medical interventions, from respirators to antibiotics. They do not need physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia ~ Ezekiel Emanuel


There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide ~ Albert Camus


When one realizes that his life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels ~ Edward Dahlberg


I think suicide is the most perfect thing you can do in life ~ Damien Hirst


The flip side of suicide is that it leaves a lingering question in the minds of the people who survived. It's like a cancer that's metastasized. The suicide is the cancer and the metastasis is all these people saying, Why? Why? Why? ~ Abraham Verghese


No one ever lacks a good reason for suicide ~ Cesare Pavese


That's the thing about suicide. Try as you might to remember how a person lived his life, you always end up thinking about how he ended it ~ Anderson Cooper


There is something great and terrible about suicide ~ Honore de Balzac


Hope is a necessity for normal life and the major weapon against the suicide impulse ~ Karl A. Menninger


Americans tend to endorse the use of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia when the question is abstract and hypothetical ~ Ezekiel Emanuel


For many centuries, suicides were treated like criminals by the society. That is part of the terrible legacy that has come down into society's method of handling suicide recovery. Now we have to fight off the demons that have been hanging around suicide for centuries ~ Judy Collins


What makes life worth living? Better surely, to yield to the stain of suicide blood in me and seek forgetfulness in the embrace of cold dark death ~ Zane Grey


The suicide arrives at the conclusion that what he is seeking does not exist; the seeker concludes that what he has not yet looked in the right place ~ Paul Watzlawick


The best I can say is that it's better for me to write about despair and darkness than to be incapable of getting off the sofa. It's better to write about suicide than to contemplate it too heavily ~ Paul Westerberg


Suicide doesn't solve your problems. It only makes them infinitely, un-countably worse ~ Sinead O'Connor


One of my favorite movies of all time is 'It's A Wonderful Life,' which is a pretty interesting choice for a seasonal Christmas favorite, because it's about a guy who wants to commit suicide and is presented with reasons not to ~ Frank Darabont


I would be going until I went over the bounds of reality and was then caught up in a profound wish to be dead without having to go through the shaming defeat of suicide ~ Joshua Logan


Just as with homicide, those in the 'passion' category of suicide are much more likely to turn to whatever means are immediately available - those that are easy and quick ~ Scott Anderson


It wasn't until '94 when I tried to commit suicide that I realized that it wasn't about the money ~ Vanilla Ice


I don't think Jimi committed suicide in the conventional way. He just decided to exit when he wanted to ~ Eric Burdon


Suicide is not an answer, it's destruction ~ Al Green


Would Hamlet have felt the delicious fascination of suicide if he hadn't had an audience, and lines to speak? ~ Jean Genet


I don't persuade to suicide ~ Jack Kevorkian


The woman poet must be either a sexless, reclusive eccentric, with nothing to say specifically to women, or a brilliant, tragic, tortured suicide ~ Marilyn Hacker


In the case of the Japanese, they usually commit suicide before they make any apology ~ Chuck Grassley


The counterpart of the suicide is the seeker; but the difference between them is slight ~ Paul Watzlawick


I have a suicide impulse ~ Hal Holbrook


My mother's suicide attempts were a way to release anxiety and get attention. Some of the attempts were drug reactions she didn't even remember later on ~ Lorna Luft


The idea of suicide is of a very set narrative, as if killing yourself is a definitive statement. But it can be just as meaningless as throwing a stone in a river ~ Denise Mina


I was darkly convinced that at age 52 I would kill myself because my mother committed suicide at that age. I was fantasizing that she was waiting for me on the other side of the grave ~ Spalding Gray


Should l go on playing bridge and dining, going in the same old monotonous circle? It's easy that way, but it's a sort of suicide, too ~ Antoinette Perry


I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide; for the man is effectually destroyed, though the appetites of the brute may survive ~ Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield


If you want your writing to be taken seriously, don't marry and have kids, and above all, don't die. But if you have to die, commit suicide. They approve of that ~ Ursula K. Le Guin


We can consciously end our life almost anytime we choose. This ability is an endowment, like laughing and blushing, given to no other animal ... in any given moment, by not exercising the option of suicide, we are choosing to live ~ Peter McWilliams


My Darling Anne, There's a longer letter in the dresser drawer I've been writing for the last week or so, that one covers us, and my memories of us, and how much I've always loved you. This one just covers tonight, and more importantly, today. Tonight I have gone out to the horses to end it. I cannot say sorry for the act itself, although I know for a short time you will be angry at me, or even hate me for it. Please don't. This is not a case of, I came in this world alone and I'm goin' out of it alone, or anything dumb like that. I did not come in this world alone, my mom was there. And I am not goin' out of it alone, 'cause you were there, drunk on the couch, making Oscar Wilde cock jokes. No, this is a case, in some senses, of bravery. Not the bravery of facing a bullet down. The next few months of pain would be far harder than that small flash. No, it's the bravery of weighing up the next few months of still being with you, still waking up with you, of playing with the kids ... Against the next few months of seeing in your eyes how much my pain is killing you. How my weakened body, as it ebbs away, and you tend to it, are your final and lasting memories of me. I won't have that. Your final memories of me will be us at the riverside, and that dumb fishing game, which I think they cheated at. And me inside of you, and you on top of me ... And barely a fleeting thought, of the darkness yet to come. That was the best Anne. A whooole day of not thinking about it. Dwell on this day baby, 'cause it was the best day of my life. Kiss the girls for me, and know that I've always loved you ... And maybe I'll see ya again if there's another place, and if there ain't ... Well, it's been heaven knowing you. Your Boy, Bill ~ Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri