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Our Philosophy

The Peaceful Pill Handbook is a book offering practical end of life strategies. The Handbook is based on a human rights model of ‘euthanasia’ (a good death).

The objective of The Peaceful Pill Handbook is to provide adults of sound mind with the most accurate and reliable end-of-life information available.

As a human right, euthanasia/ a good death is a fundamental human right, accessible to every mature adult (not teenagers, not young people) of sound mind, not only the terminally ill.

Is The Peaceful Pill Handbook for you?

Access to end of life information is critical to being able to make informed decisions about one’s life and death.

Some readers will want this information in the context of palliative care. For others, an end of life plan is an ‘insurance policy’ for the future.

A well-considered death with dignity plan is an important part of overall life-planning (just like an Advance Directive or Living Will, Testamentary Wills, Prepaid Funerals etc).

Most people hope they will never need to use this information. But most of us want to know that we have a choice, just in case.

What does the Law Say?

Ending one’s life (in the context of serious illness/ old age) is not a crime.

However, asking a loved one to help you is against the law & can attract harsh penalties in some countries.

This is why it makes sense to plan ahead.

Who Inspired Us?

In writing The Peaceful Pill Handbook series, the authors acknowledge the pioneering work of Dr Jack Kevorkian and Derek Humphry (author of Final Exit).

Final Exit was the first book to treat euthanasia as a civil right and to provide information designed to enable readers to plan ahead.

Together, these activists have written much of the history of the global euthanasia and assisted suicide movement.

The Peaceful Pill Handbook was first published by Exit International USA in 2006 and has been updated in print regularly ever since. The eHandbook is updated ~ six times each year.

The Handbook is now available in German, French, Dutch, Italian and Spanish editions as well as in English.