Suicide a calm and beautiful ending, says witness

The Age (Australia) 3 April 2013
A friend of Beverley Broadbent has revealed she sat with the 83-year-old when  she took her own life at her  home in February. The nurse, who wants to be known only as Amanda, contacted The Age  yesterday to say that she comforted Ms Broadbent as she died on February 11, but  did not assist her in any way. Amanda said Ms Broadbent drank a lethal dose of xxxxxx – the barbiturate  euthanasia advocates call the ”peaceful pill” – about 7.30pm on February 11.  She died serenely in her bed about 30 minutes later. Amanda said when Ms Broadbent was waiting for the drug to put her to sleep,  she said: ”You know I could do this on my own, but I am so grateful that you’re  here with me.”