Woman Ends Life, Leaves Parting Words on Right to Die
Gillian Bennett was suffering from dementia
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 22, 2014 12:28 PM CDT
A dementia patient left behind a call for changing views on assisted suicide.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – An elderly woman, knowing she was suffering from dementia, chose to leave the world on her own terms this week—and she left behind a website calling for the right to physician-assisted suicide. Gillian Bennett, of British Columbia, wrote on the site that she didn't want to end up a "carcass" living with "no one inside," the Vancouver Sun reports. In dying, she said, "all I lose is an indefinite number of years of being a vegetable in a hospital setting, eating up the country's money but not having the faintest idea of who I am." So she took a combination of whiskey and sleeping pills Monday.

Bennett, who was in her 80s, called for a legally-required living will for everyone age 50 and over, saying she hoped that views toward assisted suicide would change, CTV News reports. She and her husband were aware that legally, no one else could contribute to her dying process, the Sun notes. "Gillian and I both disliked and disapproved of the laws making it impossible to help a loved one with something as important as death," he says. Bennett died on a mattress in a favorite outdoor spot as her husband sat beside her. As they sat together, "she was absolutely not frightened … She was as calm and peaceful as you could imagine," her husband says.

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Feb 17, 2015 7:48 PM CST
Ugh, these comments criticizing her are immature and oddly lacking in the compassion so central to true religion. Live your life as you wish and suffer as much as possible in death if you feel it is noble or central to your identity. No one else is required to bolster your views by dying with prolonged suffering to satisfy your need to be right. If you're so certain your views are the only right ones, why do you need to see everyone else required by law to adhere to them?
Jan 23, 2015 12:28 AM CST
We live in a sick society....Now Its OK to kill babies that are alive and feel the pain of being killed in the womb. The left is responsible for 58 million babies killed. Now its ok to take our own life?......Nope, God did not plan it this way and ones who take their own life are in for a rude awaking....duh!! Do one of The Ten commandments ring a bell. Exodus 20:13; 21:23.Deuteronomy 30:9-20 for starters. God Created you and its up to him to remove you at his will, not yours.
Aug 23, 2014 2:21 PM CDT
If you want to die it is your choice.No one should intefer-