April 22, 2012 § 2 Comments
A few weeks ago a 77-year old former pharmacist living alone, Dimitri Christoulas, shot himself in a central square in Athens, Greece.
I want to give a “dignified end to my life,” he wrote in red ink, because austerity measures “annihilated all traces for my survival,” particularly his pension, I read in an article online. Killing himself in the early morning in a central square, nearby a tree, seemed an honorable way to die for him. He was ashamed to leave his younger generations in debt.
We have to remember Dimitri’s death, as well as the suicides of other men living alone, we have to be vigilant. In what planet does dignity translate in killing yourself because you cannot survive financially? We have tons of reports stating that living alone in older age is very often a huge financial challenge. How many stories like Dimitri’s do we need to read until proper policies are created to support older solo dwellers across the world to live with dignity? Dear Dimitri, I will remember you forever.