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Poor Alex Reid. Not only has she lost her brother and a former lover, dumped her fiancé for being cursed, blown things with the hot new doctor in town and found herself knocked up, but in the span of a couple of weeks she also learned her mother has a rare disease that’s causing her to lose her memory and die.

And we thought we were having a rough day.

It’s no wonder the Saving Hope (Sundays at 10 p.m., ET on CTV) character has been on a leave from the hospital (series star and producer Erica Durance also happened to be pregnant in real life during filming), and spending more time with her dying mother. What we didn’t see coming was her mum’s final wish: for Alex to help her go peacefully. Now there’s something to ask of your daughter, who also happens to save lives for a living.

The story-line blew open the ongoing debate about assisted suicide, and whether it’s acceptable for a dying person to go out on their own terms or whether they should continue fighting until their last breath. We’ve seen the issue at the forefront of the news lately, as it’s one of the most heated issues in the country, with more and more doctors getting on board and people opening up about death in a whole new way.

Making it a familial issue on Saving Hope just made it all the more dramatic.

On one hand, Alex’s mom was losing her grip on reality, fainting and embarrassing herself in front of random people like the realtor, which she felt was no way to live. She was also facing the hard truth that, following her vacation with Alex, she’d have to go into an assisted living facility, where even more of her freedoms would be taken away.

‘Saving Hope’ tackles assisted suicide
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On the other hand, who knows how long she’d actually have left, and she was about to be a grandmother again. Isn’t that maybe worth sticking around and living for, at least for a little while?

Those must have been all the thoughts running through Alex’s head too, but although she was reluctant at first, she eventually came around and decided that, when it came time, she would indeed help her mother to go out on her own terms. That’s what a good TV heart-to-heart will do for you, we suppose. The problem with that scenario? Alex’s mother decided to take matters into her own hands, and swallowed handfuls of pills in order to do the job herself before Alex could come to that decision, and in the blink of an eye she was gone.

Alex might not actually be cursed, but it sure feels like it sometimes, doesn’t it?

Some may say it was selfish, others may say it was selfless… either way the mum knew that having to make that kind of a decision was too much for her daughter to handle, and she would probably live with regrets for the rest of her life. This way Alex had zero control of the situation, and now she can properly grieve. Because no matter how it happened, this was going to be the final result; it just came sooner than anyone anticipated.

Thankfully Alex still has Charlie to lean on at least. Thanks to his superpowers of seeing dead people, he knew what had happened before Alex had to say a word, and he was able to be there for his ex as a result.

Will that moment lead to reconciliation between the two exes? We know a lot of people hope that will be the case. But we’ll all have to wait a little longer to find out, since this episode also happened to be the show’s spring finale.

Here’s hoping we get a return date soon!