An Oxford inquest has agreed that a couple who took their own lives last year did so in a “careful and dignified way”.
The couple had both been suffering from illness, Mr. Altman having a cancer which had rapidly deteriorated. He and his wife had chosen to die together and acquired a lethal dose of the drugs used by the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland.
In what was effectively a suicide pact they had planned the date carefully, writing ‘Depart’ in their diaries, and sending goodbye messages to friends and family, who were able to shower them with messages in return.
The couple died in each other’s arms and appeared to be at peace. Both had been active in the group Dignity in Dying which campaigns for the right to choose death, and Mrs Altman had often expressed her wish to die with her husband.