Euthanasia in the Netherlands: One family’s experience of a loved one’s assisted suicide

Photo: The Pietersma family and doctor Sjef Boesten (with stethoscope) gather round as Siep Pietersma’s life ebbs away (Mona van den Berg)

There is nothing about the home we visit near Arnhem, south of Amsterdam, to suggest it is anything but ordinary.

It is council collection day and assorted bits of broken or outworn furniture line the pavement.

A postman asks 77-year-old Toos Pietersma to take a package for an absent neighbour.

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