This kind of death? The practice of self-euthanasia illustrated | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 45, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0167-2444
  • E-ISSN: 2949-8651



As Den Hartogh makes it known in the opening-paragraph of his Introduction to : “By now much is known about the preferences people have regarding the manner and time of their own death.” In this paper I will illustrate the actual practice of one of those preferences: self-euthanasia. I define self-euthanasia as ‘the deliberate termination of his or her own life by the person himself, under his own control, after clear and careful consideration, and carried out with due care’. After indicating in a few lines what makes this kind of death a death, I will say goodbye to and illustrate the of this kind of death by three of the many cases of self-euthanasia that I have been involved in during my days as counselor. In two of the cases presented here, I was present when the self-euthanasia was effected.


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