Death is a Certainty

July 25, 2023
2 min
Dr. Michael Madison, CEO

Death is a certainty for all of us. It is the last thing that we will do on this earth. It is the last thing that our loved ones will remember about us. Regardless of our beliefs, regardless of our failures or regrets in life, death will be the last thing we do. But we can choose to die well. This means dying peacefully, with dignity, and surrounded by loved ones. It means making choices about our end-of-life care that reflect our values and wishes. It does not make sense to live in denial and not think about death prior to when we're facing it. There will be too much fear and anxiety at that moment to think clearly. Instead, we should take some time while we are healthy to think about how we want to die. Here are some things to consider:

  • Where do you want to die?
  • Who do you want to be with you?
  • What kind of medical care do you want?
  • Do you want to have an advance directive?

Talking about death with our loved ones can be difficult, but it is important. It allows us to share our wishes and make sure that our loved ones know what we want. It also gives us the opportunity to say goodbye and to express our love. Choosing to die well is not about being afraid of death. It is about accepting death as a natural part of life and making the most of the time we have left. It is about living our lives to the fullest and dying with peace and dignity. Here are some tips for dying well:

  • Live your life to the fullest. Don't wait until you're dying to do the things you've always wanted to do. Make the most of every day and live your life with passion and purpose.
  • Spend time with loved ones. Surround yourself with the people you love and who love you. Let them know how much you love them and how much they mean to you.
  • Make peace with your past. Forgive yourself for your mistakes and let go of any regrets. Accept that you are human and that you have made mistakes.
  • Find meaning in your life. What gives your life meaning? What are you passionate about? Find something that gives your life meaning and focus on that.
  • Prepare for death. Talk to your loved ones about your wishes for your end-of-life care. Make an advance care plan.

Dying well is a personal journey. There is no right or wrong way to do it. What matters most is that you make choices that are right for you. Choose to die well and live your life to the fullest.