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Older people who consider their lives to be ‘completed’, who suffer from the prospect of having to live on and therefore prefer a self-chosen death: it is not a new issue. What is relatively new, though, is the current Dutch debate about whether we should legalize, facilitate and institutionalize assisted dying in such cases. Should older people who come to a well-considered conclusion that life is over have the right to assisted dying? In order to develop a careful and morally responsible policy, it is a prerequisite to first gain deeper understanding of this phenomenon. Remarkably very little empirical research has been done into this specific phenomenon of completed life in old age. In fact, this thesis is the first empirical study worldwide into the lived experiences of older people who consider their lives to be completed and want to terminate their lives at a self-directed moment, without being severely physically or mentally ill. It addressed essential questions such as: What exactly does it mean that life is considered to be completed? What are the underlying motivations and experiences?