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PLEASE NOTE: This pamphlet is outdated. 08/2020 Information now in the Ebook “Final Exit 2020”

How To Make Your Own Helium Hood Kit
Information for competent adults who are terminally or hopelessly ill and wish to die
2011 Addendum to Chapter 23 of Final Exit book & Final Exit on DVD

By Derek Humphry

Published October 2011 10 Pages • PDF * Price: $5.00

Available ONLY through the ERGO Bookstore

NOTE: Persons with severe depression or mental health problems are asked not to use ‘Final Exit’ or the information in this Addendum, but instead seek professional psychological care.

Document Description:
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.

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 Helium 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)
• Cautions
• DVD Images and Illustrations
• Book and Video Resources

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 watches “Final Exit DVD” both available at the ERGO Bookstore.

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.)

Today Humphry runs the Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization (ERGO), a small, 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.

To get the $5 pamphlet, go to the 2nd icon on the ERGO Bookstore.

4 Responses to “Launch of new pamphlet on how to make a helium hood kit yourself”

  1. silver33 says:

    Thank you. An honest answer and a way for self-deliverance without having to involve others or be lied to and ripped off. Thank you.

  2. Twoolf says:

    I note that in the supplement, no mention is made of regulating the gas flow. I have aquired a medical flow regulator which I intend to adapt to the tanks, but am curious if the 15l / min is still the reccommended flow, and why the regulator seems to be abandoned. I have read of many failures which appear that the gas ran out before the job was done. That is unacceptable to me as I only want to do this once.

    ANSWER: In scores of cases in our experience, a flow regulator is OK but is not necessary if the procedure is followed ‘by the book.’ It is just an extra piece of equipment to juggle with. Your reading about ‘many failures’ is from isolated cases on the internet where people are insincere or trying to make trouble. ERGO and the Final Exit Network have not found a gas regulator to be necessary, but go ahead if that is your wish.

  3. Twoolf says:

    Thank you for the response. This is just precautionary at this time, but if I ever do find the need, I want to make sure it is foolproof. If I engineer it now, it will just be a simple matter to use it when the time comes, and when I might not be so capable.

    Thank you again.

  4. womandlb says:


    ANSWER: GLADD was closed down by the FBI last May. There is no alternative.
    For instructions on how to make your own helium hood kit, go to http://www.finalexit.org

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