Exit is a Swiss association for human dying, assisting people past cure to plan their end-of-life experience and help them to pass away (assisted suicide). Regardless, wether one is for or or against euthanasia, exit actively tries to bring back dignity in the end-of-life experience. To do this, they published a brochure with 10 stories told by relatives about the end-of-life experiences of their beloved ones (Mothers, sisters, friends,...).
The stories all talk about dignity. About the possibility to choose, how and where to die. About the deep wish not to depend on someone elses arbitrariness. To have the liberty to listen to ones own body and soul, and to do what seems to be right for oneself.
I am a member of EXIT myself. I am 39, very healthy, atheist, and a mother of 2 kids. When my kids where born, I felt the need to define my values in life and to define in which mindset I want to raise my children. This let to the decision to quit religion (catholic). Many things at the end of life are (at least in my region) influenced by religion. The priest visits, relatives guard the dying person, suicide is seen as a sin, after having past away, there is a fixed ritual from lying in repose, to the dead office and the burial. When becoming an atheist, one breaks this well defined ritual. I wanted to help my relatives and myself, by overthinking all this process and thinking about the way I want to die already now (just in case, something happens right now). If I am ill post cure, Exit will help me, to quit hospital or stop medication. To be able to do so, I had to sign an advance health care directive. Being able to leave this earth in dignity might therefore be a decision one has to make well in advance of becoming ill or being close to the end of life.