On Their Own Terms: How One Woman’s Choice to Die Helped Me Understand My Father’s Suicide

Book by Laurie Loisel (2019)

A journalist’s memoir about two—which turn out to be three—self-deliverance choices. Her father, Paul Loisel, shot himself outside a Maine police station after informing the author and her siblings of his intention. Not long thereafter she was contacted by a local woman, Lee Hawkins, who, fearing the loss of her independence, planned to end her life by not eating or drinking.

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How to Die in Oregon

Documentary film directed by Peter Richardson (2011, 107 minutes)

The documentary explores Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, offering perspectives from different patients and providers. It goes in depth through the story of Cody Curtis, a woman in her 50s suffering from terminal cancer. The filmmakers followed Curtis and her family for almost a year as they wrestled with end-of-life choices and her impending death.


The Sea Inside

Film directed by Alejandro Amenábar (2004, subtitles, 206 minutes)

The film is based on the real-life story of Ramón Sampedro, a Spaniard played by Javier Bardem, who was left quadriplegic after a diving accident in 1968, at the age of 25. He fought for euthanasia and his right to end his life, pointing out that, while the able-bodied are able to end their lives if they choose, he needed help. He ended his life in 1998.