One of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is that collectively there will be more conversations about death and dying.
They will be challenging conversations because even though death is part of the natural process of living, sadly many people will be facing death before their natural time and this will be very distressing.
Now more than ever it’s a good idea to have open, honest talks about what is important to us and those we love.
Then, during these difficult times, we can hope for the best whilst we’ve planned for the worst.
They take all of us out of our comfort zone.
How do you even bring up the subject of death? We do not want to add to the general level of panic, but we do want to help people to be in some way mentally prepared.
How do we communicate with confidence and empathy?
How do we communicate with openness, compassion and dignity?
These conversations may be the most important you have, don’t miss the opportunity and remember:
It’s important to hope for the best, having planned for the worst.
Don’t forget to consider the positives.
By planning ahead and having conversations now, should the worst happen, you will:
Small acts of kindness and friendship really matter
We are living through unprecedented times in this modern era, which just a short while ago were unthinkable and the remedy unimaginable, a total lockdown of western European countries.
As a result, these are confusing and worrying times. Our sentiments in this guidance are designed to help you navigate a range of issues that most of us find difficult to discuss. We hope you will find it of assistance
It’s so important to have these conversations now, don’t put them off. Having them in a crisis is never good. If you have had a conversation revisit it in these unique and challenging times.
Do it now and put your plans away in a box, then they are there if and when you need them.