By Ian Morris
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What do you think it will be like? What are your fears? How are you planning for it? You might pose these same questions when talking about end of life. Although the dialogue may be hard to initiate, maintaining an attitude of curiosity and wonder will allow each of you to explore your feelings and express your thoughts, fears, and hopes. Your intimate conversation about end of life can be a tender, gentle expression of affection that strengthens the bonds between you and your loved one by making no topic off limits.
I sometimes use it against him in a goodnatured way during the hospice year. ” Then we’d both kind of laugh, me more heartily than he, and he’d get out of bed protesting all the while. The notebook also contains a signed Do Not Resuscitate document. That is pretty dramatic, and numerous times I go over it with Harold. ” He double checks that point with me. ” I initiate that discussion many times while he is in hospice because I want to make sure that he comprehends what is going to happen. For both of us, Do Not Resuscitate is hard to accept—like a bad dream, only we are awake.
The guide speaks to Carley about the circle of life—how people are born, how they live, and how they die. For the first time, Carley verbalizes her hope for a peaceful death and wonders what heaven will be like. At the Hospice Since moving into hospice several weeks ago, Chad, a successful business executive, has slowed down the pace of his hectic life and contentedly spends his days on the patio tending his potted strawberries and herb garden. Some days he sits for hours in a lawn chair admiring the plants and 18 SAYING GOODBYE TO SOMEONE YOU LOVE communing with nature.
Attitudes Toward Death in Archaic Greece by Ian Morris