25 March 2013

Woden Police: Thank you

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On Friday a tragic event happened in my life. My 87 year old aunt, after many years of pain and recent severe suffering both physically and mentally, decided to end her own life. She left a note and due to the nature of her death, the issue of fowl play has to be ruled out, so interviews, autopsies, etc. need to be conducted.

What I was not expecting was the gentleness and compassion shown by every single police officer and detective I had to deal with on that day! After a very frustration situation with 3 recent visits to the Canberra Hospital with my aunt, I have been astounded and so grateful for the way in which I was spoken to and supported through what was a really awful day. Nothing was too much trouble.

I have always respected the police as a whole and the job they do (I certainly couldn’t do it) and am so pleased to know that they obviously have the right training and people in the right positions to deal with traumatic situations in a sensitive manner.


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It’s nice to hear positive accounts of the people in blue for a change, and condolences for your loss. I can only imagine how traumatic a situation it would be. And kudos to the RiotAct community for showing restraint in not spewing forth with the inevitable small-bird jokes. Anybody who did so would surely have a poultry number of brain cells.

gungsuperstar1:06 am 01 Apr 13

I’m sorry to hear about your aunt, and I’m glad to see such glowing endorsements of the AFP for a change.

Police that I personally know perhaps aren’t as understanding or open minded as I would like them to be outside the line of duty – but to me that makes their professionalism even more creditable.

I’m another that wishes we had another option for someone in your aunt’s position. It’s not fair on her to have to come up with this solution, and it’s not fair on you and your family to be left with the feeling of helplessness that I would imagine results from an 87 year old having to take such steps to retain her dignity.

Lookout Smithers12:15 am 01 Apr 13

Sorry to hear that sad news, my condolences for your loss and this very sad time. The AFP are a top tier organisation and many people forget about the hard work they do for our benefit that isn’t in the newspapers. Though I am always critical of public service, I do assume things such which you have so graciously and commendably highlighted. So in advance, the men and women in the job, Thank you also

And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since and lost awhile.
~John Henry Newman

justoneopinion10:17 pm 31 Mar 13

Thanks all for your thoughts. I will definitely be sending them a letter of thanks once everything is finalized 🙂

Sorry for your loss.

The right to choose should be an option for all people – I have an elderly family member who is talking about doing exactly this….. I do not look forward to it (the aftermath and her loss) but I support her right to choose the right time.

Also great to hear that the police were so supportive.

Hats off to the cops and other services involved. They do a very, very difficult and sometimes dangerous job with little thanks and not much reward. Everybody yells loudly for them when they are needed, but curses them when they inconveniently show up with an RBT or radar trap.

And I’m sorry to hear about the OP’s aunt. That’s a sad, sad thing. On the other hand, my wife’s mum passed away a few years ago in her nineties and her last few years were a misery due to mental and physical deterioration. She desperately wished to be able to end it all, but she couldn’t and nobody could help her.

Hopefully, by the time I reach that age all the boomers before me will have seen the light and arranged for the legislative changes required to make voluntary euthanasia legal.

I am very moved by this story, thank you for sharing

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd4:57 pm 25 Mar 13

Nice to see a rare story about compliments for the AFP here.

so sorry to hear about your aunt. Glad to hear the Police provided their service with such discretion and sensitivity.

Morgan said :

Situations like these make me wonder why there isn’t a legal way for people to make their own decisions in a supported and autonomous way which doesn’t require the Police to conduct a criminal investigation.

Without getting into the whole euthanasia debate (my personal opinion is that people should be able to do whatever they want with their own lives) Wouldn’t you prefer that police had a bit of a look to make sure that you weren’t murdered and it was staged to look like a suicide? Either straight out murder by someone or “granny is a burden, let’s take her for a ‘walk’ out in the woods”.

Situations like these make me wonder why there isn’t a legal way for people to make their own decisions in a supported and autonomous way which doesn’t require the Police to conduct a criminal investigation.

I’m sorry about your aunt.

I have only ever had good experiences with Canberra cops. They have always been very friendly when I dealt with them.

I hope you sent some feedback to them directly? For anyone dealing with the public, such feedback is always great encouragement.

Seconded! Similar with ambos!

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