My guest this past week thinks about death a lot these days – not because of some gruesome curiosity about the macabre – but more because she has witnessed many family and close friends die and understands the tremendous value in looking at death as a transformative tool for living fully, aging consciously, dying peacefully and leaving a lasting legacy for others.
We all probably think about our own deaths to some degree. Some of us may get a glimpse of it and shut the topic down. Others of us may have our Advanced Directives, trusts, and wills written out with our detailed and concrete ideas about how we want to die, who we want with us, what interventions we may or may not want to consider, etc. etc. etc.
But what happens when we or a loved one are ultimately faced with a terminal illness and all of our previously well thought out (or not) ideas fall by the wayside? How do we navigate a whole new world view? And how do we negotiate this change with our family, friends, caregivers and ourselves?
My guest today, Tess Lorraine, has such a story to tell. Through the diagnosis, treatment, dying and death of a dear friend, Tess saw how when actually faced with a terminal illness, everything this woman previously thought she believed was brought into question, challenged and a new paradigm for illness, dying and death evolved.
There is no one better than Tess Lorraine to unpack this story to glean the lessons for living and the transformational gifts that opening to death offers us all. I invite you to listen to this very wise woman’s story.
Tess Lorraine facilitates “Speaking of Death…” Cafe venues to talk about matters of life and death. She networks with senior centers, retirement communities and professional to start the conversations, building community infrastructures of support for our final stages. She provides workshops and retreats to help people and caretakers create the foundations for quality of life into a positive dying legacy. Her website is http://www.awakeningtolifeanddeath.com/