December 2, 2008

Engage with Grace

In Alexandra Drane's words, we need to "start talking. Engage With Grace: The One Slide Project was designed with one simple goal: to help get the conversation about end of life experience started. The idea is simple: Create a tool to help get people talking. One Slide, with just five questions on it. Five questions designed to help get us talking with each other, with our loved ones, about our preferences."

Death is universal and inevitable. It is celebrated, embraced and feared all at the same time. In our culture, death is something that is most often feared and talking of dying is considered by some people as morbid. But more than death itself, we should also think about how we want to be treated at the end of our lives. Do I prefer to die at home or in a hospital? Do I want to be rescusitated or not?

As for me, death is something that we should prepare for emotionally, spiritually and financially not only for ourselves, but most especially for our loved ones. Having a life insurance does not pave the way for readiness of an untimely death. Starting a conversation with our loved ones about end of live experience help ensure that we can end our lives in the same purposeful way we live them.

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