Albert, a Dutchman, sits over coffee with his wife Nava.
Nava inches that this is the last Saturday of a man’s life.
The couple talks about funeral arrangements that Albert has little to say about.
- It doesn't matter, let's treat this just suddenly out from underneath.
The funeral feels like a side issue in the big picture that Albert, who has brain cancer, is dying next Friday.
When asked how many days a man has left, this lowers his fingers:
- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and sixth peace.
It feels really good.
That's the best thing, he smiles.
The spouse would like even more overtime.
- I want one more day, but logically I know what to do in that one day, month or year.
However, the shadow of death hangs over everything.
Nava would like even more time with her husband.Photo: Olof Film Ab
In the Finnish Right to Die series, we meet seriously ill people who want to decide for themselves about their own death, as well as doctors and relatives who are ready to help.
One of them is “Hannu,” whose wife suffers from ALS and has asked Hannu to help with his assisted suicide.
To this end, they have ordered medicines from abroad for use in euthanasia clinics in Switzerland.
The malignant cancer of the Finnish-Swedish Inga has spread to the pancreas and liver.
Fearful of severe pain and death, Inga told her husband Magnus from the beginning that he hoped she would not have to suffer for long.
- I don't want that at all.
That would be the worst.
Inga does not want to suffer. Image: Olof Film Ab
The six-part series gives a face to a taboo on death, but does so in a bold and warm way.
Right to die, on Monday Teema & Fem at 19.00 and Yle Areena