10.24.2014

Mind & Body Wellness: Preparing for Death

Mind and Body Wellness Preparing for Death by Beth Hemmila

Fall is when the whole of nature collaborates in the decaying process, preparing for its transition into winter and setting intentions for rebirth next spring. Here I've collected some my favorite quotes and tools for preparing for death -- a transition from one way of being to another. Sometimes what we experience is a metaphorical death in our lives that comes from growth or change, other times we lose someone we love or are preparing for our own death. Whatever your circumstance, life, death, and rebirth are a continual process, and in between each of these stages are transitions, places of preparation, that we can nurture and honor.

...death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. 
- Steve Jobs

The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
- Epicurus (Greek philosopher, 342?-270 BCE)

What do dying people teach us? They teach us how to live.
- Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, MD

4 Qualities of Living
  1. Meaning
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Relationships
  4. Hope

4 Tasks for Living and Dying
  1. Understanding and transforming suffering
  2. Making a connection, healing relationships, and letting go
  3. Preparing spiritually for death
  4. Finding meaning in life



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