One topic we avoid in conversation, often at all costs, is death. This doesn’t have to be the case and I believe that when we learn and talk about End of Life Issues and choices we are less afraid and more empowered.
I had the opportunity to attend a Bereavement Breakfast information session hosted by a local hospice organization at a Senior Living Center. The bereavement specialist shared information on everything from the benefits of hospice and what happens physically and emotionally in the last weeks before death, to what is helpful and NOT helpful to say to someone when they are in hospice.
Being present, offering to sit with someone (even in silence), and simply expressing that you don’t know what to say, can be comforting to a patient.
I have enjoyed being part of the VEOLI community (Visualizing End Of Life Issues). We are visual practitioners who believe passionately in a world where every person can be prepared for the end of life so that every day can be lived to the fullest. We use images and text to help you begin to have a conversation about your end-of-life wishes with family and loved ones. See all of our services here.
Want to give a true gift to your loved ones? I encourage you to learn more about end-of-life options like hospice and to normalize talking about death while you are well so that you can live your most fulfilling life now.
Reach out if you would like to learn more!