My New Year’s Resolution for 2022 is to think about what I would like to happen after I die.
I know, it’s definitely not the most common of resolutions, nor the most common of topics in actual fact. But thinking about life, also entails thinking about the end of life, don’t you think?
The one thing every single one of us has in common is birth and death- that is fact. We may not have a choice in how we choose to enter this world, but we do have some semblance of choice in how we would like to leave it.
It has dawned on me that, whatever our age, health, race, gender, where we are from and our background, thinking about our own end-of-life plans is such an important thing to do.
Life would be a lot easier to live if we talked about death now.
I know I will find great comfort in knowing I will leave this world how I see fit and in a way that really represents me, and definitely in a way that is beneficial for the planet too, like maybe being planted as a tree with a biodegradable urn.
I think it is also a great gift for you, the people I love the most. I am hoping that you will find comfort in the knowledge that you are doing exactly what I wanted (I can also avoid you having to deal with some of the stress of arranging my funeral plans in time of grief).
If we discuss these issues when we are alive, and hopefully in good health, we can take the emotion out of it — and then we can learn not just what is important, but why it’s important.
In our efforts to normalize death together, we can hopefully traverse the taboo we often feel around dying and highlight the natural cycle of life.
So it is decided: 2022 is the year I will choose how I would like to express my unique self in death as I do in life!
Once I have given it a bit more thought and done some online research (one great thing about the digital era is that there is a lot of accessible information out there, especially on green funeral choices!), then I will put down my wishes in writing and let you know soon.
Even better, let’s all write down our own end-of-life plans and read them to each other during our next get-together!
Will you think about what you would like to happen after you die too?
All my love,
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