"Death will take nothing from us (since it will only take the future - which does not exist.)" ~ Andre Comte-Sponville.

Death is not often discussed openly.

Despite the certainty we are not comfortable discussing death; particularly our own.

It is almost as if we feel if we do not talk about it, it may not happen to us.

Death will come to us all.

We all have our own belief systems and customs surrounding death.

I want to encourage you to take the time to have a conversation with your family and friends about death.

It will happen. 

Often there is conflict in families when someone dies. It's not just about the will. It's about end of life care.

Organ donation. Funeral plans. Ashes. Personal items. Please discuss all this openly.

Write it down.

Have a clear conversation and ongoing dialogue. Make changes.

Australian men are particularly reluctant to discuss their own demise.

It's an emotional topic.

No one really wants to think about our own death. People get uncomfortable. 

Take the time to make sure your loved ones know what you want. And make sure you know what they want. Write it down. Clear, concise written instructions can make a difficult time much easier. 

Published by Kristy Hunt