Family members are calling it an "act of profound love."
Others less understanding might use words like murder and suicide. But those with compassion and empathy know better.
Charles Snelling, 81, had been married to Adrienne for 61 years. True love for the Upper Macungie Township couple.
But when Adrienne developed Alzheimer's, dementia took over and Charles had a hard time watching it happen.
The family says Charles struggled to manage the effects of the illness, which some call "the long good-bye."