Who remembers the series Fame from the 1980s? The lyrics, “I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna learn how to fly- HIGH!” spring to mind.
Well, unfortunately, as much as we like to believe, wish, hope for, dream, or somehow think that death won’t happen to us, it will! Sorry to have to be the one to break the news.
We live in a world where we are fooled into thinking that that day is never going to happen, that somehow we can “outdo” death. We see the ever-growing use of anti-aging treatments, plastic surgery, and medicines and procedures that have prolonged our lives way longer than our previous Ancestors.
In an age where we once may have died of natural death at home, more people now are dying in Intensive Care Units (ICU), where dying is viewed as “failing” or like we did something wrong. Nowadays, people are just getting older and older with more diseases and ailments – and guess what? They are not getting any younger or having a fun time with their loss of quality of life, crumbling bodies and failing organs!
My dear mum died at the young age of 58, just 6 weeks after being diagnosed with Lung cancer and she died at home, in her own bed looking out at the garden and nature which she so loved. No dramas, all the family around, no glaring lights or unfamiliar sounds or surroundings.
Death can come at any time and although we have no control or idea when this might be BUT what we can do is be prepared, by having everything in order with all our wishes and instructions written down.
Thus, saving our loved ones from the agony of trying to work out what we would have wanted and often paying way over the odds to give us the best send-off possible.
Do not kid yourself that you can put this off until “later”. Your loved ones will not be thanking you for this when the time comes.
Facing death and end of life planning is not an easy topic to look at, I know, truly.. But, with the right support and guidance every step of the way, you might just find some unexpected surprises and treasures to uncover!
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Thank you so much for reading, Mala xx