She was 29. She had suffered with severe anxiety and depression since the age of 12. She was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and other things. “I have never been happy – I don’t know the concept of happiness”, said she. Aurelia had spent a couple of years in a Psychiatric unit and a couple in a prison. She wanted to be freed from her body. Doctors in the Netherlands agreed to assist her to end her life. On the 26th of Jan 2018, she drank the poisonous mix of drugs (supplied by medics), cosy in her bed, in the presence of her pals and 2 doctors, clutching her soft, pink, toy dinosaur and peacefully slipped away.
This is the beginning of the death of hope. I have full sympathy with Aurelia’s suffering. The question is:
Had every other option been fully explored and found useless?
Had she read Buddhist teachings or volunteered to help conserve a local park or anything else?
Had she tried travelling to a different country with a different vibe?
Had she tried Homeopathy, Ayurveda or Chinese traditional medicine?
Reflexology, Aromatherapy or Kinesiology? Music, theatre or art therapy?
The range of options explored are limited by the limitations of the imagination of ‘the system’. A purely medical approach is useless without attention to social factors. Many social issues cannot be fixed but they can be understood and imaginative alternatives offered.
Her death wish was most likely a symptom of her illness. No?
Does this euthanasia make it easier for many others to give up?
Can we be a 100% sure that she had considered all her options?
Had she received appropriate bereavement support when her mother had passed away?
My deepest condolences to her friends and her Dad.
RIP Aurelia. I am sorry you couldn’t find a reason to live.
Youtube clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySVKF5_6gfM
All I can say is that in the depths of depression and anxiety, one has not the will or strength to pursue all the avenues she could have explored. I also fully understand that when one is in that black hole as she constantly was, she wanted to be out of it and at peace.
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Dear Diane, thank you for this comment. Yes. I understand. I stand at a cross-road here. While I advocate strongly for mental ailments to be treated the same as physical. Yet, when it comes to euthanasia, I find it difficult to put them on the same platform. I must be biased. That is understandable too. I suppose. xxx
So sad..so very sad. So many chronic illnesses are treated, managed and cured..why not illnesses of the mind. Hugs and love Sangeeta.
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