Table 1

Characteristics of the selected participants (n=25)

Participants (n)
Age (average 82 years)
 Up to 8012
Partner status
 Partner (living together)5
 Partner (living in a nursing home)1
 LAT relationship1
 No partner2
 Children (but no contact at all)2
 Children (deceased)2
 Childlessness (both involuntary or by choice)7
Living situation
 Care home2
 No belief10
Most important former occupation
 Supervisor, manager, director, entrepreneur6
 Psychotherapist/nurse/social worker5
 Technician, chemist2
 Interior designer1
 Housewife/pastor's wife2
 Several ‘unsuccessful’ jobs2
Relevant health problems mentioned by participants
 No serious illness10
 Sensory disorders: anosmia, hyperacusis, tinnitus, deafness, macular degeneration7
 Craniomandibular dysfunction, facial pain2
 Arthritis, rheumatism, fibromyalgia, hip replacement, rib and spinal injuries, osteoporosis6
 Chronic fatigue3
 Intestinal disease1
 Valvular heart diseases: cardiac failure, TIAs, valve repair6
 Serious itchiness2
Outcome of screening for depression (HADS)
 1–7 (no indication)15
 8–10 (mild)6
 11–15 (moderate)2
 16 or above (severe)1
Outcome of screening for anxiety (HADS)
 1–7 (no indication)21
 8–10 (mild)3
 11–15 (moderate)0
 16 or above (severe)0
Membership of a right-to-die organisation
  • HADS, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale; LAT, living apart together; TIA, transient ischaemic attack.