Welcome to DIGNITAS - To live with dignity - To die with dignity, the Swiss self-determination, autonomy and dignity group. We are a not-for-profit member’s society which advocates, educates and supports for improving care and choice in life and at life's end. Our advisory concept of combining palliative care, suicide attempt prevention, advance directives and assisted dying offers a basis for decision-making to shape life until the end. Since 1998, we are the spearhead for the worldwide implementation of ‘the last human right’




The basic information at a glance and a ‘click’:

>> DIGNITAS' Blog / Latest News

>> How DIGNITAS works

>> DIGNITAS' suicide attempt prevention

>> joining, membership fees and more

>> FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions


England & Wales – Scotland – Ireland

DIGNITAS – To live with dignity – To die with dignity is a not-for-profit member society and its articles of association make provision for reduction or even complete exemption from having to pay fees for members in modest economic circumstances. However, there are significant other costs, emotional distress and more which people in the UK (and in other countries that still prohibit freedom of choice at life’s end) have to bear. Extensive research has been done on the true costs and consequences, and a report published:

The True Costs - How the UK outsources death to DIGNITAS

>> Full Report <<         >> Website <<


>> read Andrew Tyler's story

DIGNITAS supports campaign and new court case
to change the law in England & Wales >> read more

>> Your Death – Your Choice

'People who have done nothing wrong except contract an illness deserve more
than a government whose bravery extends no further than to turn a blind eye.'

>> read more of Sir Terry Pratchett

People should have the right to choose a peaceful end,
says Simon Birch
>> read more >> watch interview

82 % of the people in the UK want the law on assisted dying changed

>> Largest ever UK poll results

>> Health Care Professionals for Assisted Dying


New Zealand

>> Campaign: Yes to dignity in dying

>> End of Life Choice Bill progress in NZ Parliament



>> Support the campaign in legacy of Peter Short


Development in Portugal

Civic Movement «Direito A Morrer Com Dignidade» campaigns for freedom
of choice in assisted dying. The political party «Bloco de Esquerda»
intents to debate the question and legislate about it

>> read more in «SIC Notícias»

>> Petição para a Despenalização da Morte Assistida

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Campaign in Spain: Libres hasta el final !

>> dmd Derecho A Morir Dignamente España

Discussion in Malta

ALS sufferer does not want to live in indignity and pleas for a debate on assisted suicide

>> read more in «maltatoday»

United States of America

>> Faith Leaders Call for End-of-Life Options

>> Catholic hospitals are denying aid in dying to patients even
in those states where such services have been legalized

>> The paradox of a government that cavalierly kills people
but prevents assisted suicide

>> Offering a Choice to the Terminally Ill

>> Lawsuit to legalize Doctor-Assisted Suicide in New York

>> The last day of her life - the story of Sandy Bem and her family

>> The New York Times: Opinionator - The End

>> Ligitation Asserting Californian Law Allows Aid in Dying

>> California Medical Association removes opposition to Physician Aid in Dying

>> Doctors for Dignity

>> The Economist: The right to die

>> George F. Will: Affirming a right to die with dignity

South Africa

>> Pretoria High Court case: Motion filed to be allowed to choose the time
and place of death with assistance from a licensed medical practitioner

>> Craig Schonegevel’s Struggle to Live and Die with Dignity

>> Times Live: 'Give me right to die'

needlessly suffer

>> Allied Medical Professionals for Assisted Dying

>> dying with DIGNITY South Africa

>> radio interview with Prof. Sean Davidson



Research gone astray

There has been news on a study about people from abroad going to Switzerland for assisted dying, published in the British Journal of Medical Ethics. The five Swiss charities working for the human right to a life with dignity and a self-determined end of suffering have analysed this study. It has many omissions and errors and contains statements which are wrong, misleading and inflammatory. The study is not representative as the authors did not use all data in Switzerland and they only analysed the years 2008 - 2012. The allegation that the number of people going Switzerland has doubled, bases on a selected analysis. The findings of the study are misleading.

>> Comments on the study
'Suicide tourism: a pilot study on the Swiss phenomenon'

>> Suicide organisations criticise public research NFP / NRP 67

>> Commentary in the Journal of Medical Ethics

>> Media: Reports of assisted suicde highly exaggerated

>> Further information on the NRP 67 - Forschung auf Abwegen


Media Incompetence and Stupidity

Quite often, the media spreads truncated, misleading, hyped and false information
about assisted dying and DIGNITAS - To live with dignity - To die with dignity. For
example, they make believe that a mentally and physically healthy person could 
pay money and then get 'euthanasia' in a 'clinic' in Switzerland.

Of course, this is complete nonsense.

In Switzerland, voluntary euthanasia is prohibited and a personal ending of suffering by accompanied suicide generally takes place at the own flat/house of the person - the way it should be around the world. Access to assisted dying in Switzerland is not a matter of money, but of paperwork, patience, determination and responsibility, of a competent adult.

Don’t buy and don’t believe such 'news', mainly spread by the tabloids.
All that these 'news' companies intend is to increase their profit by selling more 
of their print / TV / online products and gain lucrative advertisement contracts.

See George Bernard Shaw, in "The Doctor’s Dilemma" (1906), act IV:
" . . . for a newspaper, not having to act on its descriptions and reports,
but only to sell them to idly curious people, has nothing but honor to lose
by inaccuracy and unveracity . . .".

There is only one reliable source of information from and about
DIGNITAS - To live with dignity - To die with dignity: this website



Want to know more?

Get informed!

Read the FAQ-section (Link) on our website and take a look at the speeches (Link).

If you'd like to support ...

...our cause, join us.

To become a member of DIGNITAS, you need to first read our info-brochure very carefully and then fill out the binding "declaration of membership" and send it off to us. 
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Research gone astray

There has been news about a study about people from abroad going to Switzerland for assisted dying, published in the British Medical Journal of Ethics. The five Swiss charities working for the human right to a self-determined end of suffering and life have analysed this d “study”: it is full of errors and can hardly be called “scientific”. The “researchers” did not use all data in Switzerland (only a part of the region of Zürich) and they only analysed the years 2008-2012. The study is not representative and the allegation that the number of people going Switzerland have doubled is misleading. Besides, there are many omissions. The findings of the study are distorted and misleading. Details and comments can be found in the following file:

Comments on the study "Suicide tourism: a pilot study on the Swiss phenomenon"

The British Journal of Medical Ethics has been contacted and informed about all the misleading information in the “study”. It is hard to understand how this respected journal could publish something of such poor quality.


Latest News


Well Worth Seeing


Response by DIGNITAS
to the Inquiry into End of Life Choices, South Australia

>> more


Research Report for End of Life Choices Jersey

Campaign Websites

Crowdjustice - fight for dignity in death for Phil Newby

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

death: the human experience

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery: death - the human experience

>> more

death: is it your right to choose?

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery: death - is it your right to choose

>> more


Documentaries and
further film contributions

>> more


P.O. Box 17
8127 Forch

Telephone national
043 366 10 70
Telephone international
+41 43 366 10 70
(Mon to Fri, 9:00 - 12:00 / 13:30 - 16:30 hours)

Fax national
043 366 10 79
Fax international
+41 43 366 10 79