How A Woman's Plan To Kill Herself Helped Her Family Grieve : Shots - Health News : NPR: This story is in no way an endorsement of suicide. It's a description of one woman's choice and what came of it.
Five years ago, after doctors told her that she had Alzheimer's disease that would eventually steal her ability to read, write and recognize people, Sandy Bem decided to kill herself.
Sandy was 65 years old, an unsentimental woman and strong willed. For her, a life without books and the ability to recognize the people she loved wasn't a life she wanted.
And so she decided there was only one thing to do. Sandy's plan was to wait until the last conceivable moment that it was physically possible for her to commit suicide alone, then go off and kill herself.