Mercy Killing

Coming to terms with my grandfather killing my grandmother

Ashley Farmer
Sep 24, 2019 · 10 min read
Illustration by Caroline Reedy

Warning: discussions of gun violence, homicide, suicide

OnOn January 19, 2014, my grandfather Bill walked into my grandmother Frances’s hospital room with a loaded gun he’d purchased that morning. He set their Neptune Society cards side-by-side on a nearby table and kissed his sleeping wife of sixty-three years. Then…