When I went to a Death Doula Retreat in Texas, I was introduced, in a deeper context, just how paramount the contemplation of focusing on death, in the Buddhist practice, is.
Death awareness is not meant to be focus on the morbid, or the sadness of death. It is mean to bring awareness to the forefront, on just how fragile and impermanence is in life.
How often do we feel that we have unlimited time, giving no value to the fact that we do not know when are time will be up.
The contemplation of death can bring clarity - reminding us of how and where we allocate our limited time is important. Death brings time into focus.
Death awareness can also bring compassion into our lives, as we begin to realize that everyone, including those we dislike, are human, and none of us do this thing called life perfectly. We are all flawed human beings.
By exploring death, dying and grief, and our relationships to it, will only help us in the future with how we respond when facing these experiences. Through work, which at times, may feel hard, we will be able to transform our being into kind and compassion humans. This is what death awareness is!