,Ellen Goodman talks about the "Denial Hall of Fame" and how she lost a chance to say goodbye to her loved one.
"Death Denial" is part of the American culture. Most people do not want to talk about, or even acknowledge that death will happen to each of us. This denial, creates an atmosphere of missing moments of opportunity, to connect more deeply with our friends, family and loved ones.
Ellen writes about the difference between a good and a hard death. This difference, Ellen finds, hinges on whether a loved ones wishes are expressed and respected. However, if we do not talk openly with our friends and family about our wishes, how can they ever be respected and followed through on?
Together, we can start working now on having these conversations, long before the chaos and/or the illness, occur.