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In Switzerland, assisted voluntary deaths are about 1% of deaths, with people 65 years and older having the highest rates of assisted deaths. The Swiss legal framework permits right-to-die societies to assess and decide on the acceptability of a request, without restrictions regarding the source of suffering. The requestor must have decisional capacity and be able to perform the fatal act oneself. Additionally, other persons implicated in this process should have no selfish motive.

Since 2014, right-to-die organizations in Switzerland have considered requests for assisted suicide in cases of unbearable suffering or age-related changes, even in the absence of terminal illness.

Dignitas and LifeCircle are two Swiss right-to-die not-for-profit organizations that are reputable. They require that you send them your medical records. The process from application to acceptance can take 3-4 months. To travel to Switzerland for an assisted death ends up costing approximately $10,000 when you take into account travel costs.

View our 30th Anniversary conference (2017) presentation on LifeCircle. and Dignitas.

  • Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die December 31, 2019
    Author Terry Pratchett, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008, visits people with serious disease considering ending their lives on their own terms. He talks with close family members about their feelings. Terry and his assistant visit Dignitas in Switzerland and film the chosen death of Peter Smedley, with his loving wife by his side. His ...


  • My Time To Die: Nick Ferrari Follows Dementia Patient To Swiss Clinic July 2, 2019
    Leading Britain’s Conversation – July 2, 2019 Every 8 days a briton travels abroad for help to die. An interview with an early onset Alzheimer’s patient and his plans to go to a Swiss clinic to end his life.


  • Endgame April 28, 2019
    Endgame is an award-winning documentary following the lives of people contemplating a medically assisted suicide in Switzerland. Tt shows the speed and ease of the intravenous method of medically assisted suicide used at Lifecircle. By controlling a valve, the patient knowingly takes the final step themselves, clearly making this an act of assisted ...


  • Maia Calloway. From the Dying in the Americas Conference – March 22-24, 2018 March 22, 2018
    Sponsor: Final Exit Network A Colorado woman with progressive multiple sclerosis turns to Life Circle in Switzerland to end her life with peace and dignity.


  • Me Before YouMe Before You June 18, 2017
    A 2016 American-British film shot in beautiful British settings. A young handsome, wealthy man confined to a wheel chair, wants to end his life at Dignitas in Switzerland. Love develops with his caregiver; she is strenuously opposed to his hastening his death.


  • A Short Stay in SwitzerlandA Short Stay in Switzerland February 18, 2014
    A fictional account of a true story of a doctor going to Dignitas to die.


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