“I will take my life at noon”

In a letter posted online following her death, 85-year-old Gillian Bennett explains why she chose to take her life before dementia fully set in

The Ottawa Citizen, Postmedia News

On Monday morning shortly before noon, Gillian Bennett dragged a foam mattress from her home on Bowen Island in British Columbia to one of her favourite spots on the grass facing a craggy rock cliff, the place she had chosen to die. Bennett, who was 85 and in the early stages of dementia, chose to take her own life with a draught of good whiskey, a dose of Nembutal mixed with water and her husband of 60 years by her side. Before the shadows of dementia began to cloak her mind, Bennett created a web site,, to be made public after her death, on which she makes a passionate case for physician-assisted options for the terminally ill and elderly.