This is the story of Aagje, Toon and their son Rick (42). Rick suffers from psychotic episodes, depression and severe headaches. We follow their journey in the last six weeks leading up to the death of Rick. A journey proving that letting someone so close to us go, is the most extreme expression of love.
Every week, AAGJE and TOON visit their son RICK (42), who lives in a closed psychiatric ward. He suffers from psychotic episodes,
depression, severe headaches, leading to unpredictable behavior.
When DOCTOR KOCH announces that Rick’s request for euthanasia on the grounds of unbearable and incurable psychological suffering, will probably be granted, Aagje feels relieved. For Toon it’s a total shock. Rick has six weeks left. Which for himself is too long, but is it enough time for his parents to let go out of love?
Rick bares his soul – the good, but also the dark – to the one closest:
his mother Aagje. Whenever in an episode, she gets the full brunt
of it. As Rick’s euthanasia nears it gets harder and harder for Aagje
to deal with this.
Doctor Koch advises Rick to make practical arrangements for his
nearing end. Rick tries, but can’t bring himself to clean out his apartment. The total chaos Aagje and Toon find at the flat touches Aagje deeply and she starts to doubt: what if Ricks episodes are a cry for love and attention after all?
Although redemption is closer than ever, Rick can’t take it anymore.
He threatens to jump off a balcony. His parents are informed and
hurry over. Even though they’re scared, they ultimately decide to
leave while Rick still threatens to jump.
Rick shows remorse for his actions and continues to discuss his
funeral wishes with his parents: the exact music that should be
played, that everyone needs to dress in white and that they should
drive his classic car to the funeral.
The night before his death, the family gathers in the hospice: Rick
wants to eat his favorite pastries with them. The next day, Rick says
farewell to his family before drinking the potion. He falls asleep and
Aagje feels how life peacefully flows out of his body. No more pain,
like Rick said.