A Victoria’s Secret model has shared a series of emotional videos as she documents her grandmother’s decision to be euthanised after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Ali Tate Cutler, who became the lingerie brand’s first plus-sized model, has shared an emotional series of posts on Instagram and TikTok where she discusses the sensitive issue with her relative.
Cutler’s grandmother, who she refers to as Bubbie, explains she can finally see “the light at the end of the tunnel” after deciding she wants to die on her own terms in Canada, where euthanasia is legal.
In one clip, Bubbie talks about the questions she had to answer before being allowed to sign up for the controversial procedure.
“Your diagnosis is if it’s fatal, how many more months you have; they give you time to consider. They keep stressing the fact that you can always change your mind,” she said.
Explaining her decision, Bubbie said: “I came in quietly, I’d like to go out quietly.”
She added how she was “looking forward to putting an end to being dependent” on others and having “no control”.
“I do believe my husband is there saying it’s about time. And I’ll say, ‘Hi hun, I’m here’.”
Another video showed the pair getting ready for their final dinner date together as they try and cram in as many final memories as they can.
It’s not clear when Bubbie plans to end her life, but Cutler shared a post last Friday in which she breaks down about the prospect of having to say goodbye to her grandmother for the very last time.
Speaking over the top of the clip, she explained: “These last 4 days have been so hard.”
“I’m trying to stay positive for Bubbie, but I’m about to say goodbye forever at the airport tomorrow.”
In the accompanying caption, she added: “Being able to cry with her has been a blessing. But its the finality of death that is repeating on a loop in my mind.”
Euthanasia has been permitted in Canada since 2016, under a program called Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).