How To Make Your Own Inert Gas Hood Kit (PDF)
Information for competent adults who are terminally or hopelessly ill and wish to die
A supplement to Chapter 23 of "Final Exit" book/eBook & "Final Exit on DVD"
by Derek Humphry
author of 'Final Exit' &
founder of the Hemlock Society
New Edition • August 2015
19 Pages • PDF with photo images
ERGO/Norris Lane Press
ISBN 978-0-9768283-6-5 / ISBN-10 0976828367
Available ONLY through the ERGO-Store in downloadable digital format. Not available in Bookstores.
The content of the "Final Exit" book/eBook, "Final Exit on DVD" video and this "Helium Hood Kit" PDF edocument complements each other and it is suggested all three be acquired at the same time.
NOTE: Persons with severe depression or mental health problems are asked not to use ‘Final Exit’ or the information in this Addendum, but instead should seek professional psychological care.
Helium hood kits which have been used by hundreds of people who wished peacefully to end their lives because of protracted terminal or hopeless illness. Unfortunately, currently there are no reliable suppliers of the kits. Thus it is necessary to make your own kit if you wish to explore this form of self-deliverance. This right-to-die method is legal because it is not assisted suicide nor voluntary euthanasia.
In 2015 some manufacturers of helium began diluting the gas. (See note at bottom.) Therefore it may be an alternative to use nitrogen, which is also a inert gas.
Derek Humphry, author of the world’s best-known how-to book on choices in dying, “Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying,” has written this detailed guide to how to make a helium hood kit.
This PDF document, with illustrations, outlines the following points:
• Materials and Items Needed for Inert Gas Method
• Sourcing the Parts and Materials
• Location and Setup
• Preparing the Tanks and Tubing
• Making the “Hood”
• Instructions for Hastening Death (in the event of irreversible illness that is causing unbearable suffering)
• DVD Images and Illustrations
• Book and Video Resources
WARNING - Party Balloon helium tanks
If any size of tank (30 or 50-balloon) has the words "HELIUM/AIR" then these are ineffective for self-deliverance. Do not use. The manufacturer is now diluting some helium tanks with 20% air because of world shortage of helium. The volume is clearly labeled on the tank and its box.
To ensure a smooth departure, it is strongly advised that a person also carefully reads the latest revised edition of “Final Exit”
book/eBook and views “Final Exit DVD”
both available at the ERGO Bookstore.
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The author, Derek Humphry
, who now has more than 30 years experience in the death with dignity movement, helped his first wife Jean to die when suffering a lingering death from breast cancer. His book on that event, 'Jean's Way'
is a cult classic. Five years after her death he founded the Hemlock Society at his new home in Santa Monica. Derek built the group into a national organization between 1980 and 1992.(Hemlock was merged in 2003 into another organization, Compassion and Choices.)
Currently, Derek Humphry runs the Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization (ERGO)
, a nonprofit organization based outside of Eugene, Oregon. He is a policy adviser to the American group, the Final Exit Network
, and to the World Federation of Right to Die Societies
, of which he was president in 1988-90.