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Pegasos Swiss Association

Exit is pleased to work in partnership with Pegasos Swiss Association, the leading assisted suicide/ voluntary asssisted dying (VAD) service for English-speaking foreigners, based in Liestal, Switzerland.

Pegasos was founded by the same professionals who helped 104-year old Australian ecologist, Professor David Goodall, to die in Basel in May 2018. Exit was part of this important team.

The applications of current members of Exit receive priority consideration at Pegasos.

Exit Life Members are entitled to two additional special services.

Special Help for Exit Life Members at Pegasos

For anyone who has ever applied for a VAD at any of the clinics in Switzerland, you will know that there is a ton of bureaucracy that goes along with the ‘Swiss option’.

The Swiss authorities demand an inexhaustive list of personal and public documents (eg. birth, marriage, divorce, death certificates). Some documents need to be the originals, re-issued no more than 6 months ago. Some documents need to be certified by a public notary.

Medical records are also required. Psychiatric reports will be required if the person has a psychiatric or neurological condition.

This includes diseases such as ALS/ MND, Parkinsons and MS, even though these conditions do not normally impact a person’s mental capacity.

Exit offers 2 services for Exit Life Members

1. Application Assistance Program

The proper compilation of the paperwork described above takes time and know-how. For those who do not have a family member or friend to help them: someone who is Internet savvy and who knows which government departments need to be approached for which paperwork and can follow-up all the loose ends, Exit is able to step in to help.

Please note, the service described below requires an experienced consultant and this consultant charges Exit for this service.

The Application Assistance Program (AAP) is exclusive for Exit Life Members.

This assistance program includes but is not limited to: website application, identification of government agencies, assistance with document certification, document advice, review, collation and travel and accommodation advice and assistance (inc permits, visas etc).

The AAP involves the consultant’s continual real-time liaison with the relevant organisation: in short, the Assistance Program covers every part of the administration process that is required in order to secure the ‘Green Light’ of approval.

Note – Exit is unable to guarantee an applicant the Green Light of approval. If Exit considers that the person is unlikely to obtain a green light, this will be stated at the outset of the process.

The AAP applies to all Swiss services (eg. Dignitas), not only Pegasos. The AAP fee is USD1200.

If you are a Life Member of Exit, you may request the Swiss Application Assistance Program here

2. Pegasos ID Service

Everyone who dies at a VAD organisation in Switzerland must have their body identified after death by someone who knew them. While most people are accompanied by a family member or friend, for those who go alone Exit offers a unique ID Service.

The Exit Pegasos ID service involves a representative from Exit liaising with the Exit Life Member prior to their departure for Switzerland and then meeting them in person on their arrival in Switzerland and being with them on their last day at the nominated clinic.

The actual ID service takes place after the VAD once the authorities arrive at the clinic to investigate the circumstances of the death.

There is no cost to Exit Life Members for the ID service other than reimbursement of the travel and accommodation expenses of the Exit representative. The Exit representative will travel from either Amsterdam or Dublin. This way on-costs are kept to a minimum.

You may request the Exit Pegasos ID Service by emailing contact@exitinternational.net

You are welcome to join as an Exit Life Member

More information about Exit Membership

Sam Lara and Henny at Pegasos Swiss Association

Sam Lara and Henny the dog at Pegasos after the death of Laura Henkel, Dec 2019. Sam would go on to make the documentary Laura’s Choice with her mother Cathy Henkel.