Taking about dying won’t make it happen is the strap line for this year’s Dying Matters Awareness week .
It can feel taboo to discuss delicate subjects like death and our end of life openly. There are, however, some wonderful benefits of summoning the courage to do so and then recording our wishes for our loved ones, such as:
We can be supported or cared for in the ways that suit us.
We can die in the environment, and with the people, that matter to us.
We can leave the legacy we visualise by tying up loose ends materially and emotionally.
We can resource our loved ones with a description of the send off – for example, a funeral or memorial ceremony – that aligns with our personal values and beliefs and fits our budget.
There are lots of resources for planning ahead on the Dying Matters website here:
Thinking and talking about death can be scary, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days. In this short, solemn, thoughtful talk, Judy MacDonald Johnston shares 5 practices for planning for a good end of life.