I think he would have enjoyed it a lot.
The catholic church has got its knickers in a twist because Claus, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, chose to end his life on his own terms rather than await the consequences of the disease. At a ceremony today author Erwin Mortier told Cardinal Danneels he ought to be ashamed of himself. "Celebrating your own moral superiority over the body of a dear departed is no heroism." ("De eigen morele superioriteit celebreren boven het lichaam van een geliefde dode is geen heldendaad.")
Euthanasia is legal in Belgium. The Belgian Alzheimer's organisation also placed a footnote on the one-sided coverage, arguing there are other options for sufferers of the disease which are being ignored by the media.
Five hundred invited guests, many great surviving artists from The Netherlands and Belgium, and some 400 members of the general public attended Hugo Claus' final appearance on stage. Both Belgian and Dutch TV and radio covered the farewell.
Late last year fantasy author Terry Pratchett announced he is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's disease.