Elderly Couple Plans to Die Together by Euthanasia, Say They ‘Fear Loneliness’

After spending more than six decades together, an eldery couple is planning to travel to a clinic in Switzerland so they can die together by euthanasia. Their main reasoning: They fear loneliness if one of them dies by natural causes.

Identified only as Francis, 89, and Anne, 86, the married couple from Brussels are receiving regular medical care for age-related illnesses, but neither one of them is terminally ill.

Daily Mail reports the two always stick together, even when going out shopping, because they’re “scared that one day the other will not return home.” The couple’s children are supporting their decision.

“We want to go together because we both fear of the future. It’s as simple as this: we are afraid of what lies ahead. Fear of being alone and above all, fear of the consequences of loneliness” Francis said, by way of explanation.

“It takes courage to jump from the 20th floor and I am unable even if I wanted to do it. It takes courage to hang, it takes courage to jump into the canal. But a doctor who makes you a shot and lets you gently fall asleep? It does not take courage. We are not sad, we are happy. When we were told we could leave life together smoothly, we were on a little cloud. It was as if we had spent all that time in a tunnel and suddenly we came into the light again.”

The two are planning on dying together on their 64th anniversary next year.