Learn some steps you can take NOW to ensure that you will be at peace when you reach the end of life.
This week I’m sharing with you my reflections on what it takes to be at peace when you die. I just observed the 5th anniversary of my Mom’s death and I was inspired to create this podcast by thinking about the peace she experienced at the time of her death and how she was able to achieve that!
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After writing a blog this week called “Why Some People Don’t Die in Peace” I decided that I should go further and address HOW to actually be more at peace when the end of life arrives. So here are my thoughts! These are all things to start working on now in order to be at peace in the end:
- Plan ahead for your time of dying: What type of care do you want to receive? Where do you want to be when you die?
- Appoint a reliable healthcare proxy to speak on your behalf
- Create advance directives and talk about them with everyone (family, medical providers, clergy, friends, attorney)
- Do “death-cleaning” by giving away all the things you don’t need any more
- Think about where you will live and who will take care of you if you are unable to care for yourself. How have you provided for these possibilities
- Make note of all of your preparations along with all of your financial and ownership information. Make sure this is accessible to family members who may need this information in the future.
- Plan ahead for your funeral and burial
- Prepare yourself for death by reading and learning what happens at the end of life
- Participate in a Death Cafe to have conversations about death
- Watch films about the end of life (like “Extremis” on Netflix)
- Attend workshops, classes, lectures in your community about death and dying
- Get your emotional “house in order” by reviewing your unfinished business – who do you need to forgive? What unhealed wounds are you carrying?
- Work on practicing forgiveness now
- Let go of old resentments
- Make amends for your own errors in the past
- Find meaning in life, no matter how difficult the circumstances of your life
- Learn to live every moment and find joy and love wherever you go
- Figure out what really matters to you and make sure you are living that every day
- Face your fear of death to help you overcome all fears in your life and live with more joy
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Until then …