by Sue Muirhead
Last January, my husband and I moved in with my dear friend Laurie, her husband and grown son. We had all gathered in her home because Laurie had decided, after long deliberation and much discussion, that this was her time to die. She had asked us to support her as she had made the decision to stop eating and drinking. She had suffered with MS for many years and had come to a point where she could no longer look after herself, in her body her suffering had become unbearable, and she was very clear she wanted to die. All of us made the commitment that we would honor her decision and we would support her. This was one of the most challenging and loving decisions of my life.