The Death With Dignity website lists VSED under “Other Options to Hasten Your Death” and recommends it as a “choice” that is “commonly accepted in the medical community.” VSED is suicide brought about by intentionally dehydrating and starving oneself to death.
Suicide by DEHYDRATION
Jane Gross, a New York Times journalist, encouraged and helped her 87-year-old mother to commit suicide by VSED with the help of care givers at her nursing home. According to Ms. Gross, her mother “wasn’t dying of anything.” It took 13 days without food or water for her to die. Afterwards, Ms. Gross wrote a book about it, A Bittersweet Season. Her most chilling line is, “I was twitching with impatience. I wanted my mother to hurry up and die.” The elderly “volunteering” to die of thirst and starvation, and their children and care givers aiding them, is a sign of a very sick society.
Valko, Nancy, “New York Times Article, Dr. Timothy Quill Promote Physician-Assisted Suicide by Starvation and Dehydration,” 10/24/2016. https://nancyvalko.com