Close your eyes and take a few deep breathes. As you come to a relaxed state I want you to picture you on your death bed. This life is coming to a close.
How do you feel? What’s around you? Who’s with you? Are you at home, in a hospice or in a hospital? Take in all the details? Slowly start to backtrack and think about what the last week was like? the last month? the last year? What stands out for you?
This is our starting point.
How we view our death in this moment, whether we are healthy or alive, impacts our relationship to not only our death but also to our life.
What is our relationship to death? What have we learned about death and dying from how we were raised and how death was introduced to us? How do we want it to be?
In 2017, one of our core goals at the Dying Well Collective is to engage, host, facilitate and provoke as many conversations around Death, Dying and End of Life Care as possible. We are starting with a big question: What is Dying Well?
This will come up in our Death Cafes (which we host monthly – next one is Tuesday, Feb. 21st!), community talks and engagement, and special projects we are planning throughout the year.
This includes a new special video project that we are working on this year. Glenda is looking for volunteers to talk one-on-one about “What is Dying Well?”
These conversations will be made public and hopefully will launch further conversations. If you are healthy or sick, young or old, we have all been impacted by death, and we would love to talk to you! Email Glenda for more information or to volunteer.