Final moments of terminally ill couple married for 66 years who clutched hands as they ended their lives together

Emotional moment terminally ill couple married for 66 years held hands as they died on the same day after taking legal euthanasia drugs

-Francie, 88, and Charlie, 87, died on the same day after being married for 66 years

-They decided to end their life through the Death With Dignity Act in 2017

-The couple, who met in 1947, were both given six months to live last year

-Their daughter released a documentary that captured their final moments

A moving documentary has revealed the final moments of a besotted couple, married for 66 years, who chose to die by assisted suicide after both being diagnosed with terminal illnesses.

Charlie and Francie Emerick, parents-of-three who lived in Portland, Oregon, died together in bed in April 2017 using medication legal under the Death with Dignity Act, a state law that allows terminally ill adults to request a medical death.

Francie, 88, had spent years battling heart disease and several heart attacks; Charlie, 87, also suffered from heart disease, as well as Parkinson’s and prostate cancer.

The couple chose to end their lives on April 20 last year – 16 days after celebrating their 66th wedding anniversary.

They did so under Oregon’s Death With Dignity law, according to local media.

The legislation allows adults to request a medically-assisted death if they are suffering from a terminal illness.

The Emericks were among 143 people to exercise their right for a medically assisted death last year and are the only couple to take the drugs at the same time, NBC reports.

The elderly couple granted permission for their daughter Sher Safran and her husband Rob to record their final days and hours for a moving documentary entitled: “Living And Dying: A Love Story” .

Initially, the film was meant to be seen by family only but the couple allowed it to be publicised after Sher, who founded Share Wisdom TV Network with her husband, asked them to share it.

Sher, one of the couple’s three daughters, said: “They had no regrets, no unfinished business. It felt like their time, and it meant so much to know they were together.”

In the documentary, mainly filmed using smartphones, Sher tells her dad she is inspired by her parents approach to death.

Mr Emerick says: “My thinking is, look, if you keep going Charlie, you’re going to get worse, and worse and worse and worse. And the other can’t be worse than this.”

In the video, Francie reveals she could have survived longer than her husband but said she didn’t want to.

“Charlie and I have a rather unique relationship in that we have done and been so much to each other for 70 years,” she said.

According to Time , the Emericks met as college students in Nebraska and married on April 4 in 1951.

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