Friday, May 13, 2016

I am dying and I want everyone to talk about it | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian

"[M]y biggest challenge is trying to talk to you about the fact that soon, I will die. There’s something about death that people can’t face. We thrive on life; we celebrate it at every opportunity whether it’s a birthday or a christening. And yet, even though everyone who lives will die, death remains the elephant in the room. It’s a stigma, something we need to tiptoe around and leave to care professionals. I’ve planned my funeral. Everything is organised other than the type of coffin I’ll have This is a plea – to my family, my carer, doctors and specialists; to my friends and neighbours, and the people I’m yet to meet: start talking about death as much as you talk about life. Think of death as something you can control, where you can live out your last wishes safe in the knowledge that the ones left behind will be able to cope without you. Start talking to your children about death as a natural process, not something to be scared of. Children are taught about sex, drugs and taxes, but not how to cope with death. We need to have conversations about dying – because yours could happen before mine."

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