Charlie and Francie Emerick, a Portland, Oregon couple, married for 66 years, may have been the first couple to jointly take lethal doses of medication obtained under the state’s Death with Dignity law.
JoNel Aleccia at KHN reports the story in Time Magazine. Most notably, the couple allowed their family to document and film their conversations and preparations right up to their deaths.
The film was supposed to be a remembrance only for the family, but they ultimately decided to have the clips edited into a film that could be shared outside of the immediate family. The result is “Living & Dying: A Love Story,” a documentary that details the background of the Emericks’ final decision and their resolve in carrying it out.