We're all going to die, so why don't we talk about it? I'm not saying talk about it so incessantly that people generally avoid you, (although you can if you want - I usually do) but rather talk about what we would like our end-of-life experience, our death, and our disposition to look and be like. With clear and concise communication and preparation, you can - and will - create the strongest possibility that you will experience a "good death."
There are simple steps that you can take to prepare and create a "good death." These include, but are not limited to: completing an Advance Directive, an End-of-Life Plan, and a Last Will and Testament. Whether you want a funeral home funeral/burial/cremation or something "less traditional" (although home funerals and green burials ARE what is truly traditional!), communicating your wishes to your friends and family is key. You have many more options than you probably realize.
We can help.
Leona Oceania has always been passionate and curious about end-of-life issues. Motivated by this, she trained to become a Home Funeral Guide, End of Life Doula, and Life Legacy Facilitator. She is also a Hospice volunteer, Funeral Consumer Advocate, Death Cafe Facilitator, and Death Educator. Leona's primary focus is to educate and motivate people to simply start the conversation. Once we can talk more openly about death, the better we will be able to connect with our own mortality and be proactive about creating a "good death" for ourselves and others.
I have always wondered why, if we are all going to die, we don't talk about and prepare for it more. This has led me to train extensively on end-of-life issues, including becoming a Home Funeral Guide, End-of-Life Doula (Death Doula), Life Legacy Facilitator, and Death Educator. It is possible to have a "good death" and I can help you to achieve that.
Preparation and communication are key. While no one wants to think about their own (inevitable) demise, if we prepare for it, it enables us to live a better life and creates the possibility for a "good death." The Latin phrase "Memento Mori" means, essentially, "Remember to die." When we remember that we will die, it reminds us daily to live life to the fullest.
Why not? I am passionate about this work, about helping people to prepare for their end-of-life and death, as well as to make them aware of all of their end-of-life, funeral, and disposition options. (There are many more than you think, and nearly all of them are more affordable than a "traditional" funeral!)