"La Petite Fille de la Mer" by Vangelis
This an out-line of new book she was intending to write before she was overtaken by her condition.
File Date...05 July 2017 > 6:55AM. Two days before Donna checked out.
All people have a unique human story to tell. Unless you live the story no one else can ever tell it for you. But we can try. There are those that choose to exercise their right to die at a time and place of their choice. There are those who do not, and everything in-between. This book focusses on those who do.
Some will make a private decision to be alone when their time comes. They might not like to share their journey in their decision to die and may even object to this book. Some however might like to share and document the events and necessary pragmatic decisions leading up to their final moments. Some will have notified family and friends of their intent, but pass at a time no one will be aware of.
Others of us will be able to have loved one present with us. Some of us may even be prepared to video our deaths in support of our beliefs. Our stories touch a human nerve with those that are ambivalent or anti-euthanasia. For many of us these stories, will bring comfort to those of us who have made this decision.
In most ‘causes’ there is always a defining word/concept. I spearheaded an ‘obscure’ cause and our word was ‘coming home’. People who battled with the status quo, domineering, judgemental, and limited dogmatic oftentimes religious principles and pressure. The folk who eventually found their way here were all free spirited and independent thinkers. Most of them had been through a process of self-doubt, confronting their own predisposed deep seated unhealthy morals, ethics, community and peer pressure. It was often a long solitary sojourn, almost a pilgrimage -until they broke the shackles of their own prejudices and ‘came home.’
The words associated with assisted dying, rational suicide and the entire gamut is ‘comfort’,’ insurance policy’.
Gathering our personal stories and insights in a book (
title unknown at this stage – maybe an interesting exercise for all member).
Maybe ‘the alchemy of rational suicide. the title ‘the alchemy of
suicide’ (without the word ‘rational) has been taken by Osho – but this
not what we are on about. an interesting read none the less,
‘the philosophers stone: alchemy of suicide’ or even ‘,may I tell your
story’.(all a bit crappy to my mind but an interesting project nevertheless
– I think)
This is only applicable to those who want to. (I for one would like to and it surely can’t only be me who would like to; and i would be grateful to read other peoples journey – the same as mine.) Although I am a new member I have picked up many who need ‘encouragement’ (please change that word for legal implications), someone to seriously talk to.
Since our interaction on the forum is limited, and many of us cannot access EXIT workshops or conferences, I have found the same human question, doubts and fears, and sincerely believe such a book could help us on our journey into final discovery - our ultimate rites of passage.
Here are some questions that may serve as a guideline for those who would like to participate:
I see this book as a collective of our mind set – then and now, and hopefully some final thoughts before our death act. Primarily this book will be about our personal human story/journey. Factual information pertaining to the debate is necessary to cushion us in the context of our stories – the emphasis being on our right to make the decision. This would be done by our leaders and elders.
Some sort of an idea as to be able to explainthe context in which the poignant and human stories of our individual participants speak and write.
Although this would not be the primary focus of this book of stories,
(bearing that this will possibly excite and inspire some members), there
will/should be certain financial spin offs (however small). There should
be no costs involved from the story tellers (I find from personal experience
that those who share their personal journeys are only too happy to have
It is a labour of love especially form the collator and the editor. This book could become part of urrent catalogue of books. It should be updated just as the PPh is – I would suggest once a year.
It is my considered opinion that there should be a cost to members, non-members, and those who are ambivalent or anti. That is our leader’s/elders decision (bearing in mind those with financial constraints- which in any case I am sure you discuss privately with such). I hope this idea/project might be beneficial and of assistance to you – I know as an individual it would for me.
Maybe it’s a crap idea……………..
Donna Darkwolf Vos – published author (book), papers/articles, keynote speaker and participant at many conferences (USA, UK) and nationally. Pioneer, media personality, teacher, counsellor.
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