Two months ago, in Switzerland, Winnipeg’s Susan Griffiths drank a glass of medications, ate some chocolate to neutralize the bitter taste and then drank a second glass. And then she died.
Ms. Griffths, 72, suffered from a rare, incurable neurological condition that leads to paralysis and eventual death. She wasn’t interested in such a slow, painful death, but she couldn’t arrange an assisted suicide at home. The practice is illegal in Canada.
In letters sent to MPs and interviews given on the eve of her death, Ms. Griffiths talked of the struggle — financial, emotional, and medical — of travelling across the Atlantic in her condition. It was, she said, a source of great stress to her. If she delayed a little too long, she worried, her condition might strand her in Canada, with a failing body and no legal option to end her suffering.
But an option…
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