The Death Positive Movement
Death - a subject that most of us avoid!
Many say "speaking of death and dying is morbid, taboo, ghoulish! Im all about living life, not taking about death"!
People who are death positive think exploring, empowering and enriching death, dying and grief should not be denied, but encouraged through open and honest conversations, about an absolute100% guarantee life event.
Death positivity is helping to break the code-of-silence and the culture of denial around end-of-life matters. It promotes healthy, open discussions and encourages the discovery of the varying emotions, all of which can lead to honest conversations that break down the barriers to honor and respect death.
According to the "Order of the Good Death", Death Positivity means:
I believe that by hiding death and dying behind closed doors we do more harm than good to our society.
I believe that the culture of silence around death should be broken through discussion, gatherings, art, innovation, and scholarship.
I believe that talking about and engaging with my inevitable death is not morbid, but displays a natural curiosity about the human condition.
I believe that the dead body is not dangerous, and that everyone should be empowered (should they wish to be) to be involved in care for their own dead.
I believe that the laws that govern death, dying and end-of-life care should ensure that a person’s wishes are honored, regardless of sexual, gender, racial or religious identity.
I believe that my death should be handled in a way that does not do great harm to the environment.
I believe that my family and friends should know my end-of-life wishes, and that I should have the necessary paperwork to back-up those wishes.
I believe that my open, honest advocacy around death can make a difference, and can change culture.
What other subjects (other than death) do you avoid?
Do you believe that any kind of open discussions will hurt you?
Do you avoid talking about certain topics because they make you uncomfortable, even though it will happen to you?
Is this avoidance an emotionally healthy way to live life?
Be different - lean into it - ask questions - discover and accept, and I'm sure you will find a new way to experience these natural events in your life.
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