I have a friend who was a former client---- and who now comes in to the unit once a week to tell his story and play music for current clients---- who attempted suicide a few years ago. He did a really good job (shot himself through the heart), but did not get the expected result: he miraculously survived. He now tells others in Crisis Stabilization that "suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem" and I think that is just about as solid an evaluation as I have ever heard. However, I do not know that it applies in all cases....some of the problems faced by individuals who consider suicide are not "temporary." Some quick, recent examples: Robin Williams – Parkinsons disease, chronic pain, and Lewy bodies (dementia-inducing) were found after his death. Don Cornelius – the creator of Soul Train, and host from 1971 until 1993. He may have been suffering from early onset of dementia or Alzheimer's disease, and his health had been in decline for some years. Junior Seau and Dave Duerson– American football greats; both suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) as a result of multiple head-injuries. Dick Trickle – American racing great; had been suffering for some time with severe chronic pain and had seen many doctors, none of whom could find the source of his pain, or cure it. So were these suicides offering the individual a more “dignified” way to die? And by his choice of when, where, and how? Should “dignified death” or sponsored-suicide (a la Dr. Jack Kevorkian, if you recall) ever be allowed or supported? (I am not talking about people who commit suicide to avoid punishment for wrongdoing, like individuals who have been arrested for heinous crimes for which they will likely receive lengthy prison sentences.) What are your thoughts or comments............?