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The Advance Decision/Directive Form is A4 size and is available both as a Word document and a pdf.

Click on the title to read the leaflet online. The leaflets are also available to download as pdfs: the A4 size is large print and the A5 size is suitable for printing out double-sided to form an A5 booklet. Click on the appropriate size to download.

Welcome to Friends at the End A4 large print A5 booklet
A journey to Switzerland — Is someone close to you considering assisted dying? A4 large print A5 booklet
Death of my father — From a member of Friends at the End A4 large print A5 booklet
Dying well — Possible directions to your carers when you are terminally ill A4 large print A5 booklet
Why we support assisted dying A4 large print A5 booklet
Advance Directives/Decisions A4 large print A5 booklet
Advance Directive/Decision Form Word  pdf

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All prices include postage and packing.

Living Will Pack Scotland £5.00
Living Will Pack England and Wales £5.00

To purchase these items, please apply to:

Friends at the End, Office 7, Block 2, Kirkhill House, Broom Road East, Newton Mearns, GLASGOW G77 5LL

…or please contact us.

Orders will be processed as quickly as practicable in the light of demand.

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide - Reflections on Experience in Belgium


A new book on euthanasia and assisted suicide in Belgium has just (April 2013) been published in France.

In the first part of the book, its Belgian author, Alain Canneel, describes his wife’s battle with cancer and her final release by euthanasia.

The second part of the book explores the legal and political aspects of the decriminalisation of euthanasia in Belgium, compares Belgian experience with that in other countries and examines the lacunae in the Belgian framework and the debate on reform.

This book, originally written to inform the current debate in France, has been translated into English in order to make it available to a wider public, in an adapted and slightly abridged version, which, by the kind permission of the author, may be downloaded here

The book is available by post or at FATE meetings for £5.00 (including UK postage and packing) or please contact us.

I highly recommend this book to anybody interested in wanting to be in control of their own death when life becomes no longer tolerable, whether wishing to end it by assisted dying, assisted suicide or euthanasia. It is a moving account of a death put into the context of the law in Belgium and other countries and well worth reading. 

Libby Wilson, Convener and Medical Adviser

The Dying Process

During 2010/11, Nan Maitland was involved in a project that was extremely important to her — the abridging of Dr Julia Lawton's scholarly work The Dying Process — Patients experiences of palliative care (Routledge, London, 2000).

In the 1990s Julia Lawton was a PhD researcher who conducted unique and significant research on the dying process. She studied over 200 terminally ill patients (and their families and treating practitioners) in their progress from diagnosis to death. Her research uncovered a key fallacy — that palliative care can mean a death without suffering.

Nan was convinced that many of the issues were still relevant and she was determined that they should reach a wider audience than the professional and academic audience that the book had been written for.

FATE has financed the publication of this 103 page paperback to fulfil Nan's wishes and in her memory and it is now available at FATE meetings. Alternatively, please contact us. Payment by cash or UK cheque in £sterling is £5.00 for the UK, £7.50 for Europe and £10.00 for the rest of the world.

Read Julia Lawton in The Times Higher Education: The Dying Process: Patients' Experiences of Palliative Care