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The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
...healthy conversations about death and dying...
looking at the informal ways we talk about death and dying in our everyday conversations
When was the last time you were “scared to death”? Please tell me below.
It’s interesting to check out the #scaredtodeath twitter stream.
In the relatively speaking blog series
I’ll be highlighting a deathly figure of speech from my vast collection.
Here are some upcoming phrases:
i’m dying to know
to die for
kiss of death
drop dead gorgeous
i just died
i’ve died and gone to heaven
it’s a matter of life and death
over my dead body
before i die
i’ll sleep when i’m dead
death and taxes
do or die
dead of night
back from the dead
innovate or die
dead in the water
starving to death
dying of thirst
love them to death
death warmed over
I am starting a new campaign, it’s called,
Quite simply, it’s a grassroots effort to encourage people of all ages and stages of health to tell their doctors and health care professionals that they want to talk about and explore their personal thoughts and choices regarding death, dying, and end of life care options. This is not necessarily a one time conversation, but an ongoing relationship that allow doctors and other health care professionals to focus on their expertise of improving health while at the same time understand the patient’s openness to discuss difficult topics such as death, dying, pain, palliative, and hospice care. Let’s lean into the tension between wanting to talk, a little afraid to talk, and not knowing when the right time to talk is. The time is now.
There are reminder, business size cards being created for individuals to carry for courage!
Talking about End of Life
will improve my
Quality of Life.
Please contact me to join in this campaign that encourages
Healthy Conversations about Death and Dying to Inspire Life and Living!
Start and end every
conversation with words of
love and care.
The words of the
conversation may be
living life dying death | A Guide to Healthy conversations about Death and Dying to Inspire Life and Living
As I waited for my appointment today at my hair salon, I read Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine. On a page introducing home and gift items, I found an interesting gold wishbone. The contributor stated that the foot long wishbone is a wonderful conversation starter as it sits on her coffee table.
A woman sat down next to me and we started talking about the intriguing wishbone. Within a minute, she shared that she was a widow and that her husband had died suddenly. She continued that a friend had asked her what she will miss about her husband and their life together. Her response: “sharing wishbones”. I inferred that to them it symbolized their hopes, dreams, and wishes for their personal lives and their future together. She stated that she now will start keeping wishbones, with the wish that someday she will have another to share them with.
It reminds me of a book that I enjoyed: Consequential Strangers: Turning Everyday Encounters Into Life-Changing Moments. The people we meet and speak to in our everyday world can make a meaningful difference in living life fully. We just need to listen.
I think I’ll roast a chicken for tonight’s dinner for my husband and I.