“A deliberate and courageous choice”
In the summer of 2010, I got a call from my good friend, Mary Gute-Witte, telling me that her parents, Dr. Daniel and Katherine “Kitty” Gute, had taken their own lives.
Several years prior, Mary’s mother had been diagnosed with dementia, and due to other complications, her physical and mental health was fading fast. Prior to her diagnosis, though, Mary says her parents had made a pact that they would die together– and not in a nursing home.
The subject of suicide is one that is close to me; years ago, my brother took his own life. Mary’s story got me thinking more about end of life issues, and also one’s right to choose the way in which they leave this world.
I’ve asked Mary to come in and share the story of her parent’s very deliberate, very well-thought out choice with me, and with all of you, on this podcast.
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