2Sisters Speak: Surviving the Sandwich Generation – Episode 39

We’re Dying… (Part 1)

Death is inevitable, it happens to ALL of us. Ignoring this, and refusing to talk about it, only makes things harder for the loved ones we leave behind.

So many people are in denial that they will experience death at some point. Things are absolutely different when someone’s passing is unexpected or their life has been cut short. But for an elderly person, perhaps we can change our perspective from mourning to gratitude, or even celebration. We can be overwhelmingly sad but choose to honor a full, well-lived life. Find out what your loved ones want after they pass. Contemplate, however depressing, what you may want to have happen when you pass away?

Three key takeaways from this episode:

  1. Planning ahead makes dealing with your own death easier on the loved one you’re leaving behind.
  2. Do as we say and not as we do! (Although we did set a goal)
  3. There is a wide diversity of cultural and religious opinions about death, but it is up to each of us to communicate our own personal wishes.

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