Change is inevitable and how we deal with that change can alter our experiences.
"Life is precious because it ends one day, but death is not the enemy. The enemy is a life wasted".
Dr. BJ Miller, a hospice and palliative care specialist, wants to remind people that are coming to terms with their own mortality, that:
1. There is no guarantee for tomorrow, ever.
2. Death is a reminder of what is important in life.
3. Death teaches you to go outside of yourself.
Be kinder and more forgiving
This reminder acts as a catalyst for fewer regrets in life.
4. Participate in your life, and in your dying.
Take on an active participation role in both.
5. Remember what people, at the end of life, care about
It is important for dying to know loved ones will be ok &
will take care of themselves.
6. Take comfort that many people have accepted the end.
7. Clean out the skeletons in your closet, before the end.
8. Keep hope going, in that life is short, and precious, bring comfort and peace.
9. Simple pleasures, are appreciated at the end of life.
10. Think about what might happen after death. Find joy in the mystery of death.
A Necessary Conversation uses "The 3E's" to help families and individuals discover and embrace the majority of the list above.