Month 8, Day 10: A wonderful 89 year old

A fun few days. I am super proud of Caroline and the Dignity rings. They seem very popular and the packaging and messaging with each is really well done. As part of my weird journey I was contacted in a hand written letter by an 89 year old, sight impaired and living by herself in Kew, near me. She had gone to great lengths to write a letter and send 2 cheques for the doco which I have put into the crowd funding. The key thing in her letter was she said she had recently lost her best friend of 60 years and was intolerably lonely. Elizabeth and I went to visit her yesterday and she was a remarkable woman. 89 years is a long time and she has had an amazing life. She was also vert sharp and clearly had well informed and strong views on many things, Dying with Dignity among them. The key ? she asked me was why do people accept and encourage people to live in intolerable suffering? Well it does boil down to as simple as that! I also went away thinking just how much difference it would make if there were younger people interacting with people such as her. The benefits to both would be outstanding. I can’t pick up a second project but………….maybe 1 person. I will take Missi my cocker spaniel over in a week or 2 as a surprise.

Crowdfunding is up and running with 75 people supporting so far. The key to crowdfunding I think is a crowd, so I will keep pushing along. The direct link is below, have a look, I love the documentary trailer. I have a social media group across various media channels of about 22,000 and growing, as well as indirect links to other groups that are helping, should make 75 just a start. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dying-with-dignity-documentary

Last night I had the fun of remeeting with the RMIT students who worked on possible dying with dignity campaigns with a view to whether they would consider actually activating what they have put up. Find out next tuesday. Only problem was I have lost my voice so it was not one of my finer communication moments. Also had a visit from a photographer and Rod Syme this morning. We are in an article in a few weeks time in the Weekend Australian magazine, will give you a heads up.

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 7.5/10 Life Enjoyment 10/10

4 thoughts on “Month 8, Day 10: A wonderful 89 year old

  1. Peter,
    I look forward to reading your blogs. I would be interested in visiting the lady in Kew if it would help with her loneliness. As humans we all need to look out for each other. To me your honesty about your journey is refreshing. Your engagement in life and living in the moment is lovely to read about. I read that you are living each day with your eyes wide open and you are breathing in and witnessing the real things in this world. My words are probably not coming out very well, but I wanted to tell you that reading about your daily world gives me a little sunshine. From a stranger you, are in my thoughts.

  2. Hi Peter, I can’t imagine you without your voice but I am sure you still had no problem communicating your beliefs to the students, well done keep it up you continue to be an inspiration to many, thoughts with you Karen

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