This was originally written by someone named RiskRaven back in 2000. It’s good wisdom to have should you ever find yourself in a “check out” situation.
A criteria for those that wish to die is that they truly do not wish to live, and to do so would be in misery or a slow death, so, I’m sure, anything that would hasten the process they will be grateful for.
To take one’s own life is not appropriate. To get one’s relatives or friends to help or involved in any way is not appropriate. So what to do when the body is old and/or failing or sick or injured and the end is inevitably near. Each will make their own choice.
One choice to not be discounted is to do what the ancients have done. Walk into the forest to die away from camp. This takes the problem body out of friends and relative view and minimizes the needing to feel like they need to do something and/or feeling bad upon your death. It takes the problem away from the survival of the group.
For the person doing it, it becomes a last fight for life. One walks and walks straight away from camp, and/or crawls until a bear or other animal attacks them. One might get one weak punch to the nose as satisfaction before ones body is torn up. One keeps fighting until the body can no longer be inhabited. One has returned to nature food for another to live. This becomes a win for another life form.
One might say this could be a painful death. So what. The pain doesn’t ultimately hurt the spiritual being but it could help separate one from the body. If one goes out fighting one is alert and knows what happened. If one goes out with drugs and no pain, one might think one is asleep and it could take a while to realize ones body is dead. In other words with drugs one is more likely to get stuck with and in the body until one dumbly becomes aware of the worms and other parasites eating it up.
By the way this is why cremation is another good answer. Those tribes that burned the dead give a helping hand to help separate the spiritual being from the dead body.
The point is if given a chance, whether amongst friends or by yourself, go out fighting for your life, and the life around you.