Italian man only finds out about wife’s death after urn is delivered to home

Italian man only finds out about wife’s death after urn is delivered to home
Italian man only finds out about wife’s death after urn is delivered to home
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A 55-year-old Italian woman committed euthanasia in Switzerland last October. Her husband, who had tried to change his wife’s mind, only learned that she was dead when the urn containing her ashes was delivered to her home.

Marta had been depressed for almost a year. After the death of her son in January 2023, she fell into depression and sought help from a psychiatrist. But that help was to no avail, because last summer it turned out that she wanted euthanasia. Marta therefore contacted a euthanasia clinic last October, without her husband’s knowledge.

She chose a clinic in Switzerland because it is possible there to end your life legally and relatively easily under supervision. Euthanasia is still prohibited in Italy.

Husband discovers contact with clinic

Alberto, Marta’s husband, lives temporarily in Canada because of his work, but discovered the contact with the clinic. He decides to travel to Switzerland with his sister-in-law to convince Marta to reverse her decision to commit euthanasia.

Both Alberto and his sister-in-law are convinced that Marta has not yet been treated completely. “She said she couldn’t live without her son,” he told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. “Her love for me, no matter how great, was not enough to bear the pain. But she also showed that she was doing better.”

Clinic refuses contact with family

But Alberto’s attempts to stop the trajectory come to nothing. The Swiss clinic refuses to speak to the family members and does not respond to emails and telephone calls, much to Alberto’s chagrin. “I would not have opposed my wife’s choice if I knew for sure that she had made it well-considered.” According to him, she was doing reasonably well in the weeks before Marta was euthanized. “She assured me that everything was going well and said she was very busy with work. That seemed like a positive signal to me.” Marta’s colleagues confirm this.

But at the beginning of October she decides to go to Switzerland. Alberto doesn’t hear from her for at least three days, because Marta leaves her phone and computer at home. His wife’s farewell email ends up in his spam box.

Only after the urn containing his wife’s ashes is delivered home does Alberto find out that his wife has gone through with her plan after all. “I didn’t even get to see her body before she was cremated,” Alberto said. He is especially angry because he did not get the chance to say goodbye to his wife.

Many Italians go to Switzerland for euthanasia

In Italy, euthanasia is still not legal, even though a majority of Italians are in favor of assisted suicide. Many Italians therefore go to Switzerland.

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