"To decrease suffering, enhance quality of life, and bolster a sense of meaning, purpose and dignity, patients are offered the opportunity to address issues that matter most to them or speak to things they would most want remembered as death draws near. An edited transcript of these sessions is returned to the patient for them to share with individuals of their choosing." 
Chochinov tested this therapy with terminally-ill patients and found that
"Ninety-one per cent of participants were satisfied with dignity therapy; 76% reported a heightened sense of dignity; 68% reported a heightened sense of meaning; 47% reported an increased will to live; and 81% reported that it had been or would be of help to their family. 
Dignity therapy is just one scientific voice which shows that death need not be the solution to a loss of meaning, dignity and/or will to live."
Dr. Margaret Cottle, palliative care physician and clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia is another such voice. She describes the arguments (based on the idea of death as the solution for pain and suffering) in favour of assisted suicide and euthanasia as scientifically baseless:
"There's not one shred of evidence to show that you are better off dead. Many people believe things about what happens after death. We do not know, scientifically, whether when you die you don't go into screaming agony someplace." 
The role of the family
If a person has lost the will to live, what is the role of their family in response? Should the family agree with the wishes for death? What if the wish to die is actually a cry for help? What if, with the proper supports and counseling, that loved one could regain hope, reclaim some small purpose for living? Dr. Chochinov et al.’s research into dignity therapy shows that simple yet profound steps can be taken to help the terminally-ill patient regain a sense of purpose and meaning, even in their final days before death. 
Depression is treatable; death is final. Affirming life in dying and sick loved ones is not tidy or easy. But defining death as a dignified solution is nothing more than opinion or belief. Science shows both that we can restore hope in dying patients, and that requests for assisted suicide could be viewed as a cry for help. Since that could be the real question when a loved one asks for assisted suicide isn’t “what can I do to help you to live” the dignified answer?