What Is Meant by “Dying Well?”

Death is a certainty for all of us, but it’s not one we like to think about often. It can be uncomfortable to spend time thinking or talking about death because it means addressing our own mortality. On the other hand, it may be healthy to give it some thought. Recently, there’s been talk in books, on websites, and even in Ted Talks, on the subject of dying well. But what does that mean?  

Dying well means different things to different people.  

  • For some, mindfulness makes the prospect of death less frightening. Acknowledging the reality of death and being prepared to release the hold on life, experiencing the journey as it happens, helps some people make the transition more easily.   
  • Sometimes dying well means making the most of life. Some people embrace a terminal diagnosis as an opportunity to do things they always wanted to do but never got around to doing. Suddenly, a bucket list is much more meaningful, and they want to live life to the fullest as long as they can.  
  • Taking the time to say goodbye is important. Phone calls, visits and letters to those who mean the most to you can help you feel a sense of closure at the end of life. Making amends wherever possible is also very meaningful.  
  • Many people feel it’s important to take stock of their spirituality as the end of life approaches. Asking themselves questions about their life’s purpose, engaging in sacraments and religious practices, and embracing their faith are all ways that people work through spiritual questions at the end of life.  
  • Making sure your affairs are in order can bring comfort to you and your loved ones. Knowing that you have a will, advanced directive, and other important documents will enable you to face the end of your life more confidently.  

One healthy way to prepare for death is to preplan. It’s an important part of organizing your end-of-life details. When you’re thinking about your will and other important documents, consider a plan for your final arrangements as well. When you preplan, you make your wishes known, and ease the burden on your family, preventing them from having to make difficult decisions at an already stressful time.  

At Skylawn Memorial Park, we understand the importance of a good death, followed by a life-honoring ceremony. We’ve been helping families in our communities in their time of bereavement since 1959, building a reputation on sincerity, quality and trust. Call us at (650) 227-3142 for more information or visit our Plan Ahead page to request your preplanning guide.

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