End of life care and active euthanasia

End of life care and active euthanasia

There are many books about death and dying. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross is certainly a pioneer in the field. In her many long and in-depth interviews, terminally ill patients reveal their deepest thoughts and feelings. In the face of death, these people free themselves from guilt and fear and find optimism, trust and love instead. These conversations have become the main reference for individuals and institutions dealing with death and dying. In her books, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross lets her readers participate in her own intense emotional process.

Her ground breaking first book called «Interviews with the dying» defines five stages that you go through when you know you are dying: denial, rage, negotiation, depression and acceptance. In the following years, Kübler-Ross proved that these stages are also helpful when you have to come to terms with other difficult situations in life. The author offers insight and advice that help readers to find their way back to a normal life and find courage for the future.

In Switzerland, active euthanasia is legal. A law is currently being prepared, parts of which are still debated.

Exit and Dignitas are two private organisations that offer active euthanasia. They lobby for a person’s right to determine the way in which they want to die. Both organisations also offer support in drawing up a patient decree, provide legal advice and, if requested, terminal care. The Red Cross organises evening classes and further education courses on dying and end-of-life care.

Switzerland

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* = Services explicitly offered also in other languages than German.

Aargau

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Basel-Landschaft

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Basel-Stadt

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  • GGG Voluntas supportspeople in dealing with an illness, grieving and death and offers classes together with the Red Cross of Basel on how to give end-of life care: www.ggg-voluntas.ch

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Solothurn

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Book Recommendations

„Todesfall. Ein Ratgeber für Hinterbliebene“

By Monika Fischer, Paul Haupt Verlag, 2001

 

Books by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross:

„Jedes Ende ist ein strahlender Beginn. Für alle Menschen, die Trost und Zuspruch suchen“, Silberschnur-Verlag, 1992

„Reif werden zum Tode. Es kommt auf die Intensität des Lebens an“, Droemer Knaur Verlag, 2004

„Dem Leben neu vertrauen. Den Sinn des Trauerns durch fünf Stadien des Verlustes finden“, David Kessler (Mitautor), Kreuz-Verlag, 2009

„Interviews mit Sterbenden“, Kreuz Verlag, Neuausgabe 2009