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Our Pro Suicide Culture: Extolling Joint Suicides



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This is the pro suicide culture we are becoming. A UK married couple committed joint suicide to the support of their son and the coroner. From the Daily Mail story:

The son of a couple who died after making a suicide pact kissed them both goodbye and gave them his blessing. Tai Altman said he knew his parents Raphael, 69, and Tamar, 72, who had been married for 46 years, were going to kill themselves…

They were both supporters of Dignity in Dying, and had marked October 3, 2013 in their diary with the single word – ‘depart’.

Raphael was dying of cancer. Tamar killed herself, in part, because she didn’t want to move:

Tai Altman said the family spent two days saying goodbye, before he gave his parents – who were both in poor health – his blessing.

’I told her she could move here and be with us and her grandchildren but she was not without her own physical ailments. She wasn’t about to relocate 500 miles. I didn’t argue about it.’

Of course not.

And get this from the coroner!

Assistant coroner Peter Clark said the couple had made a careful decision to end their lives in a ‘dignified’ way. Recording verdicts of suicide, he said: ‘It is clear they intended to die together as they lived together.’

You either get why this is so very wrong, or you don’t. I am out of words.



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