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A very special day

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7102.260 (Published 26 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:260
  1. Frédérique Zwart
  1. senior house officer in Yorkshire

    My grandmother died recently. She made the decision and chose the date and the place. She came to a point when she thought life was not worth living and, as the doctors agreed, she was allowed to die quickly and painlessly. As you may have gathered she died through active euthanasia, and this was made possible by the fact that she was Dutch. I am Dutch, and I am working on a geriatric ward in Yorkshire. I have seen many people die, but none have died as peacefully as my gran. My gran's death was my first encounter with euthanasia, and it has made a lasting impression on me. She died …

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