Belgium euthanasia: "Treatment" for Depression

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Godelieva De Troyer

Godelieva De Troyer

A poignant and thorough article has been written by Rachel Aviv and published in the New Yorker magazine titled: The Death Treatment concerning the euthanasia death of Godelieva De Troyer, a healthy Belgian woman who was living with depression.

Euthanasia is sold to the public as way to escape a horrible death. The euthanasia lobby feeds the media with a series of stories of people, who are "terminally ill" and "suffering" and yet euthanasia is not limited to these people, it includes people with depression.

Tom Mortier, De Troyer's son, responded to the euthanasia death of his healthy depressed mother by seeking answers. The New Yorker magazine has produced this indepth article in response.

The article begins by oulining, from De Troyer's diary, that she was being treated for depression since she was 19. She had good days and she had bad days. Many life experiences gave rise to her depression. She divorced early in her marriage, her past husband committed suicide, she had pain from her childhood and more.

She also experienced happiness, from the article:

The happiest time in Godelieva’s life began when she was in her early fifties and had a new boyfriend. She felt as if she had finally moved beyond the dramas of her childhood, an achievement for which she credited her new psychiatrist. “He opens the wound completely, cleans it thoroughly and closes it so it can heal,” she wrote to a friend. Godelieva, who had blond hair and a wistful smile, made many friends during these years. “She was the most beautiful woman,” Tom told me. “People would say to me, ‘Oh, I could fall in love with your mother.’ ” Christiane Geuens, a close friend, said, “People always wanted to know her. When she walked into a room, everyone knew.” 
Godelieva was delighted when Tom and his wife had a child, in 2005. She promised that she would make up for her failures as a mother by being an attentive grandmother. In photographs, she is physically affectionate with Tom’s daughter, holding her as she brushes her teeth, or sitting on the bed with her, braiding her hair.

Her life went into turmoil.

Link to the full article