"Contrary to the popular wisdom that it’s a taboo subject, we love discussing death. Dead bodies fascinate us and some of our favorite television shows have been about death and forensic pathology".
Isn't it funny that we are fascinated by tv shows, and movies, that portray death and dying, but yet, we as a society, avoid speaking about these things in our personal events. This avoidance has led to the thought process that death is a socially taboo subject.
We don't address death, dying and grief, and so when we do experience a death, we tend to enter these situations with trepidation and confusion. We have not had "detailed" conversations with our family, about what our wishes are., and therefore, we are placing the burden on them to make life, and death decisions, instead of making these decisions for ourselves.
"So here is an official death expert recommendation: today, this day, and for the remainder of your days, talk about death with everyone you know and encourage them to do the same. Just remember, and here I am paraphrasing the philosopher Spinoza, discussing death is a meditation not on dying but on living life".
Start engaging in A Necessary Conversation so that you, and your loved ones, can become more comfortable and make more informed decisions, so there can be peace and harmony.
Most of us have heard about "Bucket Lists", but have you ever completed one?
A lot of us focus on things we want to experience when completing a bucket list. However, what if you focused your list more on changing certain behaviors, so as to reduce the regrets towards the end of ones life.
Here are the 5 regrets shared by the dying, and witnessed by Bronnie Ware:
1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Don't wait, get into action, and start living with purpose!