She told doctors at the Swiss clinic that “my lack of strength and power and declining well being is a lifestyle with no enviable future” and said she feared her existence “full of adventures and remarkable independence” would end in a nursing house.
Anne explained that she had turn out to be annoyed with the trappings of modern existence, like fast meals, consumerism and the sum of time individuals commit viewing television.
Just before her death final month she told The Sunday Instances: “People are getting to be more and a lot more remote … We are turning out to be robots. It is this lack of humanity.”
She additional: “I find myself swimming against the existing, and you can not do that. If you can’t join them, get off.”
She described the modern day age as “cutting corners” and said she could not adapt to it, as she felt all the standard ways of undertaking items had disappeared. “They say ‘adapt or die’,” she explained, days prior to taking a lethal dose of barbiturates. “At my age, I truly feel that I can’t adapt, due to the fact the new age is not an age that I grew up to recognize.
“I see everything as cutting corners. All the outdated-fashioned ways of doing items have gone.”
She was accompanied to the Zurich clinic by her niece Linda, 54, who was by her side when she died. Her niece mentioned: “Unless you die in your rest, beside the person you really like, or in their arms, I can’t believe of a greater death.”
She said both she and her aunt supported calls to make assisted suicide legal in Britain.
Assisted suicide is illegal in the Uk, but the Crown Prosecution Service has repeatedly ruled that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute personal situations, and about 200 Britons have ended their lives at Dignitas considering that it was founded in 1998.
The Government has agreed to a cost-free vote in Parliament on regardless of whether to alter the law. The Assisted Dying Bill, put forward by Lord Falconer, the former lord chancellor, proposes shifting legislation so that two medical doctors could prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to someone who has fewer than six months to reside.
This would not have utilized in the case of Anne, but has reignited the debate about assisted dying.
Dr Peter Saunders, of the Christian Health-related Fellowship, explained that the case raised worries that any this kind of law could finish up getting extended, so that it did not just cover the terminally unwell.
He mentioned: “Desperate individuals will push the boundaries, and as a outcome legal protection for vulnerable folks will be weakened.”
Michael Irwin, a retired medical doctor who helped Anne with her application to Dignitas, stated that her major regret was that she had to travel abroad to end her existence.