Good At Living: Good At Dying (Sir Terry Pratchett)

searchSir Terry Pratchett, who died in March 2015, was fond of saying “it’s time we learned to be as good at dying as we are at living.

Watching Sir Terry’s documentary ‘Choosing To Die’ in 2011 was the first time I got really interested in the Dignity in Dying movement.  Sir Terry died in his own bed, at home, surrounded by loved ones. Which is the way most of us say we want to die. But that’s the thing, we only say it – we don’t really take action on it!

By that I don’t necessarily mean agreeing with assisted dying. I just mean beginning to talk about it with our friends and family. Bringing death out of the closet, in other words. It’s the one thing that will definitely affect us all, and which we all will experience. And yet we behave as if it’s not going to happen!  It’s mad!

I encourage you to begin to address this by exploring the Death Cafe movement – that’s how to find other people interested in death and dying. Be brave – take a friend!  Or if that feels like too much, then get on the mailing list to be the first to hear when my new book, Gifted By Grief, comes out – there’ll be some extra offers for those on my mailing list. So join me by signing up on the right.

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