Exit International’s Right to Die Philosophy
At Exit we believe that every adult of sound mind should have access to the option of a good death, at a time of their choosing. Not only people who are terminally ill.
A good death requires sound & considered decision-making. Informed decision-making depends upon access to the best reliable and practical end-of-life information.
The Peaceful Pill eHandbook provides exactly this information.
See the current Contents of the Peaceful Pill eHandbook.
Since coronavirus, Exit International has held monthly online Snippet Workshops based on The Peaceful Pill eHandbook. A total of 10 workshops have been held in 2021.
Recordings of these workshops (Snippets) are available on subscription exclusively to Exit Members & PPeH Subscribers.
Exit Snippets have replaced face 2 face workshops during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Are our Books for you?
Access to reliable, 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.
Others will see an end of life plan as an ‘insurance policy’ for the future.
A well-considered ‘right to die’ plan is an important part of overall life-planning (for instance like an Advance Directive).
Most importantly, while many people hope they will never need to use this information, most of us want to know that we have a choice, just in case.
What does the Law Say about the Right to Die?
The law says that ending one’s life after careful consideration and in the context of serious illness or advanced old age is not a crime.
However, asking a loved one to help you is against the law. In other words, helping can attract harsh penalties in some countries.
Therefore, it makes sense to plan ahead.
Who Inspired Us?
As authors, Philip Nitschke and Fiona Stewart acknowledge the pioneering work of Dr Jack Kevorkian and Derek Humphry (author of Final Exit).
Our views were also consolidated in the writings of the late Dutch Supreme Court Judge, Huib Drion.
Final Exit was the first book to treat euthanasia or ‘self-deliverance’ as a civil right. To clarify, Final Exit provided information that enabled readers to plan ahead.
Together, these activists have written much of the history of the voluntary assisted dying movement.
Exit International first published the print Peaceful Pill Handbook in 2006. This book has been updated regularly ever since.
The online Peaceful Pill eHandbook is updated most months.
Our books are available in German, Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish editions as well as in English.