A collection of the most Frequently Asked Questions and our Answers
Q: I seek help at the Dignitas-clinic…
A: Dignitas is not a clinic. The “clinic” is an invention by dumb journalists. In fact, Dignitas is an organisation; a small help-to-live, right-to-die, not-for-profit association in line with Swiss civil code article 60.
Q: So, Dignitas is an association…. can I become a member?
A: Any individual of legal age and full capacity of discernment may sign-up as a member of the Dignitas association.
Q: How do I become a member of the Dignitas association?
A: Step 1: request to receive our 16-page info-brochure and read it carefully. Step 2: fill out, sign and send to Dignitas (by airmail, fax or e-mail) the declaration of membership form attached to the brochure (or request a separate form).
Q: Do I need to send any money with my declaration of membership?
A: No. Wait for our written confirmation of your declaration and membership; it contains an invoice with detailed payment instructions.
Q: I suffer from a mental illness and/or psychological problems. Can Dignitas arrange an accompanied suicide for me?
A: No. The Swiss law and Swiss psychiatrists are not yet sufficiently positive on this.
Q: I suffer from a severe and/or terminal physical illness and I wish for an accompanied suicide with Dignitas…
A: Read our 16-page info-brochure carefully, especially the part “prerequisites”.
Q: How long does it take for the preparation of an accompanied suicide?
A: On average 3 to 4 months from a first contact until the actual journey to Dignitas.
Q: Do I need to provide medical evidence (reports by my doctors) ?
A: Yes of course. Read our 16-page info-brochure carefully, especially the part “prerequisites”.
Q: Does Dignitas offer euthanasia?
A: No. Euthanasia implies putting down someone on his or her request, which is prohibited in Switzerland. The Swiss law allows for accompanied (assisted) suicide only.