Go to Zurich for the holiday to end all holidays. At just £6,200 a pop, it will take your breath away. From the London Evening Standard:
Hundreds of terminally ill British people are being encouraged to end their lives at a new “death hotel” in Switzerland.
Assisted suicide group Dignitas has sent a mail-out promoting the clinic to its members, including those in the UK who will pay up to £6,200 to die with a lethal dose of barbiturates.
Pro-life campaigners today condemned the marketing campaign as “cynical” and making money from “selling death”. It comes the day after publication of new rules on assisted suicide designed to stop the vulnerable feeling pressurised to end their life.
The guidelines issued by Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, made clear that someone acting out of compassion to help a terminally ill patient with a “clear, settled and informed wish to die” was unlikely to face the courts. But persuading or pressuring the victim to kill themselves, or benefiting from their death, would encourage prosecution.
A total of 135 Britons have taken their own lives at Dignitas since it was founded, including 27 last year. They include conductor Sir Edward Downes and his terminally ill wife Joan who killed themselves last July. A total of 724 out of the 5,700 registered Dignitas members are British — the second highest proportion after Germany.
Until last year, the right-to-die group operated from a graffiti-covered building in a Zurich suburb but neighbours complained about the number of corpses being carried from the building. The new two-storey house is on an industrial estate in Pfäffikon, Zurich.
In a typewritten letter, Dignitas founder Ludwig Minelli, a former human-rights lawyer, describes the suicide clinic as “light-flooded” and “friendly” with a “lovely garden”. The letter goes on: “Besides lies a tiny lake; a little waterfall dabbles, a rill purls flowing to the lake, where goldfishes are swimming. In the background, a garden pavilion and a sunshade.” The letter also urges members to increase their membership fees and “support our struggle” through donations.
So this is the luxury death experience, as opposed to the "no rills" exit model? And how, exactly, is Minelli "struggling"?
Dignitas needs funds for its campaign to stop authorities prohibiting organised assisted suicide. The act is legal in Switzerland but the government is considering tightening laws.
Mr Minelli reassures members that the new building enables “assisted voluntary death proceedings can take place without causing any problems whatsoever. In this respect, you will find some pictures on the reverse side of this information. This certainly is an agreeable information!”
Never mind the dabbly waterfalls and purley rills, why not go the whole hog and have a mock-up of the River Styx, complete with a Caring Charon to ferry you into the afterlife? A mere £1,000 extra for an enhanced end-of-life proceeding is certainly an agreeable information.
More on (Infra) Dignitas here.