Judith Kerr I have a do not resuscitate notice in the hall

first_imgJudith Kerr speaks at the Hay Festival in 2013 Credit:Clara Molden Judith Kerr at home with her cat, Catinka People over the age of 75 should keep a “do not resuscitate” note to hand in order to spare their families the misery and expense of their demise, Judith Kerr has said.Kerr, the bestselling children’s author, said it would be “very sensible” for anyone of a certain age to discuss the matter with their doctor.She disclosed she keeps her own “little piece of pink paper” in her hallway, signed by a medic, joking she had considered getting a necklace or tattoo to make things perfectly clear.Kerr, the author of The Tiger Who Came Tea and the Mog series, has previously been clear about her support for assisted suicide, after the death of her own father.Alfred Kerr, a famous German writer, fled the Nazis in 1936 with his family, and committed suicide in 1948 by taking pills procured by his wife after suffered a debilitating stroke. Judith Kerr at home with her cat, CatinkaCredit:Andrew Crowley One of Kerr's best-loved books As well as her picture books, she is also known for her semi-autobiographical When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, detailing the adventures of her and her brother when they became refugees from wartime Germany.She has been so prolific, she said, because of her time as a mother at home, admitting: “A lot of it [childcare] is incredibly boring.“Children — it’s this weird thing. On the one hand, they are more interesting than anything else. And on the other hand, they are unbelievably boring. Such a funny mixture.”Speaking of her father, she has previously told the Telegraph: “I am 100 per cent for assisted suicide. Kerr told the Sunday Times magazine she now keeps “little piece of pink paper signed by the doctor, saying ‘Do not resuscitate’.”“Once you are over 75, I think, this is something that has to be done,” she said. “You have to discuss this with your doctor.“Very sensible, I think. The idea is that you have a stroke, or whatever it is, and the medics are going to come, and you want to let them know how you feel about this.”Having had a good life, to go through this misery, and at great expense to everybody else — expense not only in money but in emotion.“Imagine seeing your mother there, not themselves anymore.” “I don’t know anyone who hasn’t got a small stash of sleeping pills, just in case.“The way things are now, somebody might take those pills in a panic because they’d think: if I don’t do it now, I may not be able to.“Condemning people to live perhaps for years with Alzheimer’s is a most terrifying thought. Or totally to lose one’s independence and have to be cared for in a home; probably using up all your children’s inheritance for something that you don’t want and that you hate.“If it were possible to end one’s life legally, I think all of us old ladies would enjoy what remains of our lives so much more.”Her latest book, Mister Cleghorn’s Seal, is out now.  Judith Kerr speaks at the Hay Festival in 2013 center_img When asked where she kept her note, the author added: “I’ve put it in the hall, but I thought of nailing it up on the door.“I’m sure you could get a necklace or something.“If you make it too obvious, then everybody comes to the house and says: ‘What’s this?’“On the other hand, you would like the medics to see it. It is very unsatisfactory. I think a tattoo would be the only thing”Now 93, Kerr remains one of Britain’s best-loved children’s authors, still regularly writing and appearing on the book festival circuit. Judith Kerr with the original Mog Her new novel Judith Kerr with the original Mog Her new novel One of Kerr’s best-loved books Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img