First, we find out more about death. We learn:
- How to companion the dying.
- About the non-physical aspects of dying, including the spiritual
- Better ways to eliminate pain
- What death looks like
- About the ‘housekeeping’ after the death occurs
- Social skills to help when a death is unexpected
- How to create a meaningful farewell
- Better ways to reach out to others who are grieving
Next, we prepare for our own end. To do this we:
- Prepare our paperwork
- Visualise where we would like to die
- Explain to others what we would like to happen at our own death.
For more discussion about these 11 steps, see:
A Good Death – a compassionate and practical guide to prepare for the end of life, by Margaret Rice, Murdoch Books.
For an adaptation for Covid-19 times, see: Eleven steps to a prepare for a good death – in Covid-19 times. https://good-grief.com.au/eleven-steps-to-a-prepare-for-a-good-death-in-covid-19-times/