Elderly couple to die together by assisted suicide even though they are not ill

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DailyMail: An elderly husband and wife have announced their plans to die in the world’s first “couple” euthanasia – despite neither of them being terminally ill. Instead the pair fear loneliness if the other one dies first from natural causes.
Identified only by their first names, Francis, 89, and Anne, 86, said they have the support of their three adult children who say they would be unable to care for either parent if they became widowed. The children have gone so far as to find a practitioner willing to carry out the double killings on the grounds that the couple’s mental anguish constituted the unbearable suffering needed to legally justify euthanasia.
The couple, from Brussels, are receiving regular medical treatment for age-related ailments. Francis has received treatment for prostate cancer for 20 years and is unable to spend a day without morphine and Anne is partially blind and almost totally deaf. They always go out shopping together because they are both scared that one day the other will not return home.
They decided that life in a care home was not an option because of  their fear they would end up bedridden without the strength to insist on euthanasia. They are also afraid that a good retirement home would cost more than their combined pensions and that they would have to dig into their savings to afford it.
They planned to commit suicide on February 3 next year, their 64th wedding anniversary, by placing plastic bags over their heads after taking an overdose of sleeping pills. “We want to go together because we both fear of the future,” said Francis. “It’s as simple as this: we are afraid of what lies ahead. Fear of being along and above all, fear of the conseque4nces of loneliness.”
He told Moustique, a Belgian online news service, that they eventually opted for euthanasia because they were too scared to attempt to commit suicide. “It takes courage to jump from the 20th floor and I am unable even if I wanted to do it,” said Francis. “It takes courage to hang, it takes courage to jump into the canal. But a doctor who makes you a shot and lets you gently fall asleep? It does not take courage.”
Their son, John Paul, 55, approached their doctor to request their euthanasia – which was legalized in Belgium in 2002 – but the doctor refused because there were no grounds for it. John Paul found another doctor willing to perform he killings in an unnamed hospital in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium in which 82% of euthanasia cases are performed.
Francis said he and Anne were grateful for the arrangement. “Without our son and our daughter, it would never have succeeded,” he said. “We are not sad, we are happy,” he continued. “When we were told we could leave life together smoothly we were on a little cloud. It was as if we had spent all that time in a tunnel and suddenly we came into the light again.”
The couple’s daughter has remarked that her parents are talking about their deaths as eagerly as if they were planning a holiday.
John Paul said the double euthanasia of his parents was the “best solution”.  “If one of them should die, who would remain would be so sad and totally dependent on us,” he said. “It would be impossible for us to come here every day, take care of our father or our mother.”
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0 responses to “Elderly couple to die together by assisted suicide even though they are not ill

  1. I can understand their desire;;I,personally,wouldn’t choose it as an option in this case,but if that’s really what THEY need,or BELIEVE they need,and the Dr. feels he can live with his decision,let ’em do it. I WOULD suggest mandating a hearing before a Judge before it’s approved,mainly to insure that there’s no pressure from the kids,family Dr. or the Government (USA only) to do it.,and to make sure they have all their last minute details properly handled. Ultimately,if anyone tries to stop them,they’ll very likely find a way to do it anyway,so it’s best to at least have it supervised to be sure nobody else ends up being hurt or killed by their ending of life. I CAN see all kinds of ways this can be used in improper ways,if not carefully handled.

    • While there’s a libertarian part of me that says, “let people do what they want with their lives”, I draw the line at suicide – at any age. Life is precious, a gift from God, and should not be taken so lightly.
      The culture of death in Belgium is getting out of control. If you look at the links in this post, they are creating a very slippery slope in that country. It’s already being used improperly – killing people who can be treated by mental professionals, not just off themselves.

  2. I think this is one more sign of the decline of our Western societies, along w/hiring foreign-born mercenaries to fight our foreign wars, and children become parents by having children!

  3. I think anyone that has a happy marriage would fear their spouse dying but that is when faith in the Lord has to be at its strongest. I watched my mother go through this two years ago when we lost my dad, she thought she would never make it through but she has. I feel suicide is not a Christian answer and I feel sorry for their family members who will have to live with what these two have done.

  4. I wonder if the reason the children are so in favor of this step is because the parent’s savings will not “be wasted” on their care, and thus will come to the children for their use and pleasure. Since when is it a problem to come and aid one’s parents every day? My sister and I kept our father in his home for the last year of his life, by trading off days caring for him. I felt it was only what due him, since he took care of me as a little child, and he and my mother paid my way through college. This seems to me to be an example of where the love of the children towards their parents will wax cold towards the end of time–kill your unborn babies, and off the old folks when they become an inconvenience.

  5. Anyone who takes a hand in this matter commits murder, plain and simple.
    The doctors who do these killings are nothing more than little mengeles, violating their oaths and committing murder, no matter how they try to ease their consciences and hoodwink society by hiding behind excuses and pleasant sounding euphemisms.
    Civilized cultures have always recognized that one who hires a killer is also a killer; the children are murderers too.
    I am so sad about this, and angry as well. I pray that somehow this evil will not come to pass. But we need to also be aware that doctors doing these murders in Belgium and the Netherlands have moved past “assisting”, and are beginning to take matters into their own hands, killing patients whom they believe should die. This is being done without knowledge or consent from the patients or families, and the practice has become commonplace enough that the people in that area call it “the Dutch flu”.

  6. The comment that someday the action desired by Francis and Anne will be compulsory for everyone in their condition, even if in much better condition, is likely. “Let grandma die and hire two teachers” is neither acceptable nor believable. Of course, no teachers will be hired, but it may add to the justification of killing that would otherwise not be approved .
    Why not call someone with superior intelligence and a concern for the wellbeing of others, say, Bill Gates, and he can give them advice and a flu shot at the same time?

  7. this certainly give the ‘suicide’ of Robin Williams a new twist… if even the ‘funny guy’ does it, it must be okay…..

  8. I agree with you.I think it says somewhere in the Holy Bible,you can not get forgiven of sin if you take your own life.


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