Dignitas published its 7th quality control report. It covers the time period from August 2012 to December 2014.
739 feedbacks from staff present at an accompanied suicide and 251 feedbacks from family members over a period of 29 months were analysed.
From the feedback, Dignitas concludes that they operate in a highly professional way. The adaptability of the staff is positively evaluated. The feedback makes it clear that it’s important to include family members and friends early on in the process. This enables them to start the emotional process and dealing with the loss, and gives them the opportunity to say goodbye.
The will to be as transparent as possible a series of legal regulations makes that the process is still very time-consuming. In the report they highlight the importance of their work, because of the ever high numbers of desperate suicide attempts, causing great suffering.
This makes Dignitas eager to continue to fight for honest, effective measures to be drawn up and implemented, with the aim of preventing such suicide attempts. Besides that, events during this period show how important it is for Dignitas to keep defend the right to self-determination and freedom of choice.
Dignitas publishes its quality reports to make the process of an assisted suicide transparent for both people interested in the organisation, as for people from outside Switzerland. In this way, they try to counter the views of opponents all around the world.
For the full report (in English), click here.