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Eleven steps to a prepare for a good death – in ordinary times.


First, we find out more about death. We learn:

  1. How to companion the dying.
  2. About the non-physical aspects of dying, including the spiritual
  3. Better ways to eliminate pain
  4. What death looks like
  5. About the ‘housekeeping’ after the death occurs
  6. Social skills to help when a death is unexpected
  7. How to create a meaningful farewell
  8. Better ways to reach out to others who are grieving

Next, we prepare for our own end. To do this we:

  1. Prepare our paperwork
  2. Visualise where we would like to die
  3. 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/

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