Segments in this Video

Dr. Chabot (03:20)


Brett Mason meets the first doctor that helped a physically healthy patient suffering from depression die. Mason discusses the case of the physically healthy 50-year-old woman. In Belgium, liberal euthanasia laws apply to terminal illness and mental suffering.

Peter Ketelslegers (03:46)

Ketelslegers' family visits him in the hospital; he suffers from cluster headaches. Treatments do not stop the intense headaches. Unbearable suffering is the keystone to Belgian euthanasia laws.

Belgium Euthanasia Laws (01:51)

Every year in Belgium, nearly 2,000 people choose assisted suicide; Gilles Genicot explains the legal framework.

Simona de Moor (03:40)

Mason meets an 85-year-old woman who is healthy and keeps an active routine. She wants to die before her next birthday. Dr. Marc Van Hoey finds Moor's request reasonable.

Euthanasia Final Opinion (02:29)

Moor agrees to let Mason film her journey so that others know euthanasia is her decision. Belgian law states that three doctors must agree that Moor's suffering stems from incurable illness. Moor receives permission for euthanasia; she knows the date of her death.

Regulating Euthanasia (02:02)

In Belgium, the federal control and evaluation commission regulates euthanasia cases; the commission received 1,907 declarations last year. In 13 years, no case was passed on for judicial review. Reviews occur after a patient's death.

Euthanasia Conference (02:24)

Hoey is the head of euthanasia's main advocacy group, Right to Die. Mason learns that over 100 people have sought euthanasia for psychological illness. The key speaker discusses struggling with his 43-year-old son's decision to die.

Grief is Unbearable Pain? (05:04)

Mason wants to learn why Moor was granted permission to die. Her daughter recently died during a routine surgery. Hoey is comfortable that a psychiatrist was not consulted in Moor's case.

Euthanasia Ethics (04:14)

Tom Mortier's mother died by assisted suicide without his knowledge; he received a letter after the fact. Herremans explains why Mortier was not involved in the decision making or execution. Mortier believes the federal control commission protects doctors not patients and their families.

Belgium's Dr. Death (02:39)

Dr. Wim Distelmans does not believe there should be a legal age limit on assisted suicide. Mason questions Distelmans about criticism of euthanasia laws and Distelmans as a practitioner.

Considering Euthanasia (03:11)

Theo Boer served on the Dutch euthanasia commission for nearly 10 years but now has reservations. Cluster headaches forced Peter Ketelslegers to relinquish the farm that had been in his family for three generations.

Ketelslegers' Possible Death (02:51)

Ketelslegers considers euthanasia a last resort; his wife recalls their first conversation about euthanasia. Ketelslegers' wife and son express their feelings about euthanasia.

Simona de Moor's Last Day (03:12)

Moor's desire to die bothers Mason and he questions her about her decision. Moor's neighbor is unhappy with her decision and boycotts breakfast. Moor maintains her routine.

Ready to Die (02:26)

Moor says goodbye to her neighbors as Dr. Van Hoey arrives at the nursing home. Genicot states that euthanasia is dying with open eyes. Mortier states that including mental suffering makes it difficult to have a good euthanasia laws.

Simona de Moor's Death (04:59)

Van Hoey prepares for Moor's euthanasia. He confirms she still wants to go through with it and explains what will happen. Patricia and Van Hoey sit by Moor's side as she dies.

Moving Closer to Euthanasia (03:13)

Moor's death illustrates Mason's concerns with euthanasia laws in Belgium. Mason visits the Ketelslegers on Father's Day. Peter hopes for an alternative to euthanasia but is in contact with Dr. Distelmans; a second doctor has approved his euthanasia.

Credits: Allow Me to Die (00:10)

Credits: Allow Me to Die

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In Belgium, anyone deemed to be experiencing "unbearable and incurable suffering" is allowed the right to die, and euthanasia is often used on patients who have decades to live. Nearly 2,000 Belgians a year choose assisted suicide, but who decides if their suffering is "unbearable?" Brett Mason follows the stories of two Belgians considering assisted suicide, exploring the moral difficulties behind the most liberal euthanasia laws in the world.

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL118330

ISBN: 978-1-63521-452-9

Copyright date: ©2015

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