To Die Well (2nd Edition 2008) ISBN 978-0-7382-1163-3
This book is
listed first because it is probably the best book to start
with. It is comprehensive, practical, and current. You can buy
it at your local bookstore, or online at this website: www.todiewell.com
The Best Way to Say Goodbye (2006) ISBN 978-1-933418-03-2
The "way" in
question is VSED, or Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking.
Not everyone considers it the best way to hasten death, but it
does have some advantages. For example, family members who
would object to your using a faster method may accept this
method because it is gradual, allowing you to change your mind.
If you live in an institution of
some kind, rather than in your own home, VSED is probably the
only method that is feasible for you.
The author tested the method on
himself for four days. He found thirst to be more of a problem
than hunger, but he also found numerous over-the-counter
products which gave him relief; he lists these products on page
103 and provides photos of their packages on page 104. (see
also pages 92, 105-111, 114 and 300).
Many more care suggestions, often
involving prescription drugs, are given in the book. Quite a
few of them are contained in an excerpt called "Pragmatics"
which is on the author's website and can be read via this URL:
If you cannot get this book
through a bookstore, you can order it online at this address:
A Hastened Death by Self-Denial of Food and
Drink (2008) ISBN 978-90-9023678-0
Although it covers the same
method as the book listed above, this compact volume has many
additional warnings and tips. It can be ordered from Hemlock of
San Diego (c/o Faye Girsh, #108 - 7811 Eads Ave., La Jolla CA,
USA, 92037). Enclose a money order for $15 US.
Final Exit (3rd Edition 2002) ISBN 0-385-33653-5
The classic text. Regarding
methods, it is not as detailed as the newer books, but its
scope is broad – topics include hospice, life insurance,
"Who Shall Know?", and the idea of making your suicide look
like a natural death. It performs a very useful service by
debunking popular myths and pointing out the drawbacks of
methods which a reader may be considering.
Final Exit is such an "old
standby" that public libraries often have it (but make sure you
are getting the 2002 edition, not an earlier one). Bookstores
too are likely to have it, and they will not have out-of-date
Ordering online is best, however.
An updating "Addendum" and a video are available along with the
book itself. The address is:
Guide to a Humane Self-Chosen Death
This book discusses five kinds of
drug which can produce a humane death. All are prescription
drugs (in Canada at least) and most would only be prescribed in
special circumstances, but some people might manage to acquire
a sufficient quantity, perhaps from an online pharmacy.
The Guide also explains a method
which involves a plastic bag and a source of helium (such as
the small low-pressure tanks used for inflating balloons).
Finally, for the sake of people
who are doctors or "have a doctor in the family", there is a
detailed description of the injection method which is used for
euthanasia in the Netherlands.
The English version of the Guide
is now out of print but a master copy has been kept and
selective photocopying can be done at 10 cents per page plus
postage. If you know you can get one of the useful drugs (e.g.
chloroquine, or tricyclic antidepressants) you may wish to
order the pages about that drug. Send an inquiry to Right to
Die Society of Canada (click "Contact Us" on the homepage).
Five Last Acts, 2nd Edition
The five last acts involve (1)
helium, (2) compression (of the carotid arteries), (3) drugs
(mainly chloroquine), (4) plastic bags (with drugs that are not
fatal unless backed up by a bag), and (5) "zero intake" (no food
or drink). The book serves as a text for the self-deliverance
workshops which are conducted regularly in the UK by the
Scotland-based group Exit (not to be confused with the
Australia-based group Exit International).
Amazon.com sells this book. After choosing to search "Books", enter "docker five acts" (Chris Docker is the author). The cost is around US$50.
Peaceful Pill Handbook, 2nd Edition (
The Handbook does not explain how
to make a suicide pill – the authors (Philip Nitschke and Fiona Stewart) use the phrase
"peaceful pill" as a shorthand term for "self-deliverance
techniques which are tolerably comfortable and reliable".
However, there is very helpful
information about buying liquid pentobarbital ("Nembutal") from veterinary pharmacies in such places as Central or South America and the
Far East, something which may continue to be possible for a few
years at least.
There is also a useful section
called "After It's All Over", giving important facts and
warnings about what should (and should not) be done by
surviving friends and relatives.
A paper copy of the book can be ordered online by clicking the link below. (The cost is US$30)
regularly-updated digital version of the Handbook also
exists. Being electronic, it can include explanatory
videos, and it does. Click the link shown below. (The cost is US$85 for a two year subscription.)