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Final Exit Network's Exit Guide Manual Released

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The Phoenix police have released, at least to the Associated Press, a copy of the training manual for "exit guides" in the Final Exit Network.

I wrote about Final Exit in a feature story a couple of weeks ago. The network helps terminally-ill people kill themselves; the exit guides are volunteers who supervise the process.

Some excerpts, as quoted by the AP story:

The manual tells guides that if they've planned carefully, they can "anticipate this special day with a sense of peace and celebration."

"If this is your first case, you no doubt will be nervous from the responsibility, but you can try to keep a sense of celebration about the proceedings to come," the manual says.

After a member has killed him or herself in the presence of two exit guides, the guides "usually go to a restaurant to quietly celebrate."

"They had just ushered a suffering member through a peaceful exit. They have done this ethically and legally," the manual says. "They can now let down and talk about their own feelings and anything else about the situation they want to."

Final Exit's president Jerry Dincin acknowledged that this sounded like language from the manual but said he was uncertain if other, more inflammatory material had been added.



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