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Alain du Chemin – statement from family and Dignity in Dying

Paul Gazzard, Alain’s husband, said:

“Alain sadly passed away on Saturday 1st May 2021, with family and close friends at his side.

“Although fortunately it was a peaceful end, Alain would have lived better in his final months knowing that he had the choice he wanted here at home, without having to plan an assisted death overseas at huge expense and in the middle of a pandemic. Alain was a passionate supporter of an assisted dying law for Jersey and I hope his campaigning has brought this closer to becoming a reality.”

Sarah Wootton, Chief Executive of Dignity in Dying, said:

“We are saddened to hear of Alain’s death and we extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends and local community. Alain has made a huge and lasting contribution to the assisted dying debate on the island, knowing that any change would sadly come too late for him. It has been an honour to help share his powerful words with the Citizen’s Jury and States Members and we hope they will remain at the front of their minds when recommendations on potential law change are considered and debated later this year.

“Terminally ill islanders deserve better: access to the best care alongside compassion, choice and control. Jersey can and should lead the way for the British Isles and the rest of the world on end-of-life choice, so that others are not denied the right to die on their own terms as Alain was.”