One of these days this ship may exist…but for the moment it is simply a figment of my imagination.
In many lives there comes the time for ‘a last cruise’. The SS Euthanasia provides that opportunity.
After a responsible Vetting, after the Legals are all in order, after an understanding of the final destination (there are three) passengers are permitted to purchase passage. There is not a finer, more professional, more comfortable ship or crew on any of the seven seas. The ship was christened in 2028, built in a shipyard in an old seafaring community, it’s not a large ship…carrying just 750 total passengers…crew included. The SS Euthanasia is fast, capable of 26 knots when pushed to her limit. Two propulsion pods aft, three thrusters forward. Equipped with two 5 star restaurants, ‘fit for a king’ accommodations, 15 operating theaters, a helipad, a state of the art crematorium, the SS Euthanasia is perfectly outfitted for pleasant final voyages. All paying passenger accommodations are above the waterline. Multi stateroom suites provide comfortable accommodations for both those that are on their final voyage and for those that accompany them.
There are just three ‘final destinations’:
- Burial at sea
- Return to the mainland in either a casket or an urn.
- Dis-assembly (which includes a return to the mainland).
For a better understanding of how this all works let’s follow the path of several people who seek ‘a final cruise’ on the SS Euthanasia:
- Peter Stephano, 66 years old, most recently from Wyoming. A divorcee (four times), an alcoholic, a heavy drug user, four children, and flush with Daddy’s money. Peter started through the Vetting process but was pulled aside and encouraged to enter a program that would dry him out and keep him dry and clean. Peter paid the Vetting Fee and withdrew his application. Perhaps we’ll see him again one of these days. Human nature is fickle. Peter has the resources, but does he have the will and the desire to be a healthy contributing human?
- Amy Doggart. 76 years old, a resident of New York for her entire life. Amy’s body is infested with cancer…her death is imminent. Amy was easily Vetted. Her Legals were in order. Amy was to be accompanied on the trip by her grand daughter, Sophie, Amy has chosen as her final destination an urn, to be carried home by Sophie.
- Nick Nichols. 92 years old, the son of an immigrant, Nick has lived in Georgia the last 24 years of his life. Nick feels that his life is slipping away from him…is becoming more frail…cannot remember much…and does not look forward to tomorrow. Nick has chosen to take his ‘last voyage’ while his memories are still somewhat intact and while he can still look back on his life and smile. Nick moved easily through the Vetting process. His Legals were all in order. Nick chose as his last destination ‘Burial at Sea’.
- Susan Sappman. 33 years old. From Toronto, Canada. Susan was in a coma. She had been in an auto accident and had suffered severe head trauma. It was anticipated that Susan would never regain consciousness. Susan’s Mother worked Susan through the Vetting and the Legals processes and chose as Susan’s final destination ‘Dis-assembly’. Susan’s body was largely intact and healthy and Susan’s Mother felt that others could benefit from some of Susan’s body parts.
- Antonio Clemens. 75 years old. In the mid-stages of dementia. Antonio and his wife have carefully discussed his final voyage…with both agreeing that it is best to leave with still a bit of dignity intact. Antonio did not want to burden his frail and loved wife (of 53 years) with his final demented years…he wanted both of them to have more fond memories of the life that they had shared. Antonio was returned in an urn with his wife. He sits on the mantle.
There are thousands of story’s similar to or different from the above. 73% of those applying progress through the vetting process to the legal process. 92% of those that enter the legal process are granted permission for a ‘final voyage’. 42% of those taking a final voyage have someone accompany them.
The crew of the SS Euthanasia stand proud, knowing that they provide a respectful ‘final voyage’, knowing that they offer a unique service for those in need.