I’ve been reflecting on why some people are not taking the warnings about COVID-19 seriously enough. I wonder if people cannot contemplate what it would be like to die alone in an ICU ward surrounded by medical staff wearing protective gear. To not be able to see or touch your loved ones one last time. This is the reality facing us even with our excellent health care in Australia.
Maybe we think we are ‘too young’, ‘too healthy’, or have ‘too much still to do’. Most of us think death will come to us in old age. But it doesn’t always. Sometimes children die before their parents, sometimes young people get sick. Death is the one certainty for all of us and we don’t know when it will come.
I don’t say this to scare people, but rather to encourage some reflection on death.
For me, losing a partner and then facing my own death has given me a greater appreciation for life itself.
Here are some ways you can reflect on death which might help you to open up a discussion with your loved ones. - what would a ‘good’ death look like to me and my loved ones? - how do you want to be remembered? - if we accept death will come to all of us at some time, how would you live your life differently?
I also recommend Frank Ostaseski’s book ‘The five invitations’ about death and living fully.
I’ll keep you posted about the next death meditation workshop that @asherpackman does. I’ve done three now and each time is a profound and moving experience.
Stay safe people! Stay home! Love fiercely and openly. 💚💚💚 #death #deathmeditation #healing #grief #love #cancer