A time to die? The Mental Capacity Act and living wills

Editorial by Jonathan Clatworthy
from Signs of the Times No. 16 - Jan 2005

My grandmother lived to the age of 100. From 70 onwards she often dropped remarks like 'People live too long these days'. It was quite a tragedy for her to live 30 years longer than she wanted to.

On one occasion she had a confidential word with my brother, who works with chemicals, and asked him to fetch her something. 'Nobody need know', she said. But he didn't. Another time, when a bishop was staying for lunch after a confirmation, she cornered him in the kitchen and asked if he could do anything for her. It would have been intriguing to know what kind of solution she thought he might come up with, but he also refused.

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