WATCH: Call to review assisted dying rules after Montreal nursing home death
Family members of a woman who was killed at a Montreal nursing home this week say they tried to go the legal route and asked for a medically assisted death — but she was denied because she had dementia.
The family of 60-year-old Jocelyne Lizotte told La Presse that she was very ill, but that her dementia excluded her from medical aid in dying.
Shanaaz Gokool with Dying With Dignity says the rules need to be loosened.
"Many people [in that situation] end up facing a very cruel choice," she says. "It's either they try to die, try ot take their own lives , or they will die in a way that some people might find very horrific."
Her husband, 55-year-old Michel Cadotte, was arrested Monday afternoon. Not long after noon, he explained his actions in the Facebook post.
"I cracked," he wrote in French. "Nobody asked me how I was doing, but now you know. I consented to her demand for assistance in dying. I'm waiting for the police."
He's since been charged with second-degree murder in connection with Lizotte's death.
Gokool says they're fighting for the government to allow advanced directives, so patients no longer able to consent can organize their deaths ahead of time.
-CJAD 800's Emily Campbell contributed to this report.