Die Smiling: A Memoir. The Sorrows and Joys of a Journey to Dignitas (Paperback)
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Die Smiling: A Memoir. The Sorrows and Joys of a Journey to Dignitas (Paperback)

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Paperback 366 Pages
Published: 15/02/2024
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Waterstones Says

An essential contribution to the debate surrounding assisted dying, Casson's account of her terminally ill husband's passing at Dignitas in Switzerland is a profoundly moving and enlightening read.

Die Smiling is a rare and intimate account of one man’s journey to Dignitas in Zurich and his ultimate triumph over suffering and disease.

Told with wit and candour, Julie Casson traces her husband Nigel’s extraordinary journey from diagnosis of motor neurone disease to his death.

Successful businessman and father of three, Nigel battles the degenerative disease with boundless courage and gritty good humour, until, faced with the unimaginable torture of a slow, living death – his spirit crushed, his body a tomb – he takes control. He decides to go to Dignitas to end his life, while he is still able to die smiling.

The family prepares for this enormous logistical and emotional challenge: the gruelling Dignitas process and the eight-hundred-mile road trip to Switzerland. They complete it with pragmatism and humour. Denying the disease its victory and choosing his own cure, Nigel dies happily, in the arms of his wife and children.

This is a thought-provoking and deeply moving book, where love, family, dignity and choice conquer adversity. It sits in the heart of the debate on assisted dying and raises questions about the right to put an end to suffering and the right to choose how life should end.

Publisher: Canbury Press
ISBN: 9781914487262
Number of pages: 366
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


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'Julie Casson lays bare the devastating human impact of the UK’s ban on assisted dying, capturing precisely why true choice at the end of life is a movement whose time has come for this country. By turns uplifting and heart-wrenching, Die Smiling is a searingly honest tale of love, life and death, and a powerful contribution to a historic debate.' - Sarah Wootton, CEO Dignity in Dying

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“Die smiling”

What a fantastic read. I could not put it down. Laughter, thought provoking material and tears. A must read

Sandra Maddocks

Paperback edition
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“Die Smiling. Julie Casson”

Absolutely brilliant book
I cried until my eyes were swollen, laughed until my stomach ached, then wept again as my heart broke into a thousand pieces.
This is a MUST read.

Paperback edition
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“Not to be missed”

This is a well written, honest account of a decision that never should have to be made, and the logistics involved in carrying out a dying man’s wish to end his life peacefully and without suffering.
This story,... More

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