In June 2008 Albert Heringa (1942) helped his 99-year old mother Moek, Marie Heringa-van der Borgh, to die on her explicit request. In the documentary Moek’s Final Wish one can see that he gave her the lethal substance and was with her when she took it. Maria (Moek) Heringa was not sick but she felt that she had lived a full and completed life and therefore wanted to end her life. Moek wanted to die, but nobody could or was willing to help her. Euthanasia received no consideration, and to stop with eating and drinking was hard. Besides, her caregivers could have prevented it. When Albert Heringa (her son) asked her if she was sure to take the lethal substance she recited the German poet Friedrich Schiller ‘Ich bin zu Sterben bereit und bitte nicht um mein Leben’.
‘Finished with life’, ‘unduly suffering in life’, ‘tired of life’ are all terms used in the discussion about people, who persistently express a death wish, because they are under the impression that they have lived their lives (‘Tomorrow, I hope that I won’t be waking up’). With the term completed life people are going one step further. They are deciding not to wait for a natural death process, but decisively (with or without assistance) taking steps concluding life.