The recent guest column on suicide does not consider all situations where suicide may occur or be desired. The non-medical suicide options were ignored. People choose to jump off bridges, shoot themselves, and walk into traffic. Other people who want to end their lives may not have those options. A rational person could decide, based on his judgement about what the future holds, that death now is preferable to death later. Such a personal decision can be made independent of its impact on family or finances.

Personal responsibility and self-reliance often are cited as positive values. It seems reasonable to approve a person’s deliberate decision to choose when to say good-bye.

Rockwell Livingston


New Orleans