FRONTLINE: The Suicide Tourist

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One of my favorite shows is Frontline on PBS, and last night (this morning) I watched what I think was one of the best shows they have ever done. Its a profoundly humbling story and I thought others here who haven't seen it might really enjoy it as well.


Five months after being diagnosed with ALS, Craig Ewert arrived in Switzerland for his scheduled suicide. A story about struggling to live ... and deciding when to die.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/front...page&utm_medium=proglist&utm_source=proglist"
 
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I agree that Frontline is top-notch.

I catch many but not all of them; not this one. Thanks for the heads up.
 
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One of my favorite shows is Frontline on PBS, and last night (this morning) I watched what I think was one of the best shows they have ever done. Its a profoundly humbling story and I thought others here who haven't seen it might really enjoy it as well.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/front...page&utm_medium=proglist&utm_source=proglist"
A group of colleagues work on ALS. I forwarded them this link. Thank you, Magnus
 
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I watched it online, it's a great film, but one thing I noticed was, why wasn't his wife showing any emotions what-so-ever at the moment he drank the drug? I'd expect at least some tears from her...!?
 
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I watched it online, it's a great film, but one thing I noticed was, why wasn't his wife showing any emotions what-so-ever at the moment he drank the drug? I'd expect at least some tears from her...!?
Maybe by then she was all out of tears at that point. Or perhaps she waited until she was off camera, or when he stopped breathing, or . . . .
 
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I watched it online, it's a great film, but one thing I noticed was, why wasn't his wife showing any emotions what-so-ever at the moment he drank the drug? I'd expect at least some tears from her...!?
She had been through for months .. Personally, I think she looks like a very brave woman.
 
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I watched it online, it's a great film, but one thing I noticed was, why wasn't his wife showing any emotions what-so-ever at the moment he drank the drug? I'd expect at least some tears from her...!?
Because people generally don't behave in ways that movies and teevee tells us that people behave in given situations, particularly to do with grieving. I don't know how many times I've heard people comment at wakes and funerals about someone else's demeanour, as if the person in question wasn't behaving appropriately for the situation at hand. But what is "appropriate"? I've known some people who sleepwalk through all of the funeral home proceedings and church and suddenly break-down graveside. I've seen people react and respond in varying ways, from deep sadness to unbreakable shock to supreme anger. I spent a lot of time with my best friend's mother when her son died, and from all appearances she seemed mostly okay. I kept catching her (unintentionally) at unguarded moments and she was coming unglued. When my grandmother lost my grandfather, she only shed silent tears when she thought she was alone. I've watched people get incredibly angry and aggressive. I've seen people seemingly not react at all.

My point is, you don't know, and you certainly can't judge anyone else's reactions in given situations when faced with grieving. The only thing I am sure of is a lot of people aren't going to do what you expect they might.
 

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