September 8, 2021•172 words
Top tips for a good death
Remember this is your death: it’s OK to think about what you really want and don’t want, and be clear about it.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and to accept help if it’s offered and you want it. You don’t have to struggle on alone.
Make amends for past hurts and disappointments. Some people write letters – you don’t have to post them.
Consider making a death plan, which is the life-end equivalent of a birth plan. Where would you like to die? Who do you want with you – and who do you not want there? Would you like music to be playing? Do you want to avoid attempts to resuscitate you?
Be aware that death involves loss, so there is inevitably going to be emotional pain, both for you and for those you love. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look for the joys in life, even as your health deteriorates. Life can have meaning and enjoyment right up to the end.