A Beginner’s Guide to the End 1

What’s in it for me? Approach death with a little less trepidation.

Death, that five-letter word that you likely avoid thinking about, can render you inarticulate, freezing your thoughts in mortal fear. If you’re living in the West, it’s likely you’re steeped in a positivity-obsessed culture that avoids the subject. Thus, death ends up pushed to the furthest corners of the psyche. But what if talking about death and getting used to the idea could make the process a little less painful? It’s never going to be totally easy to digest, but clarifying what dying might be like can strengthen your life going forward. If you know something of what to expect, the different stages of death won’t blindside you.  How should you deal with receiving a terminal diagnosis? How will your relationship change with your spouse or partner? What is the function of fear and denial? These readims will consider those questions, as well as many more. After reading them, you’ll be better equipped to face the prospect of dying and surviving grief, the inevitable aftermath of losing a loved one. In these readims, you’ll learn why clearing out your attic can be a godsend to those you leave behind; what the Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön says about fearing death; and why you shouldn’t forget romance when the end is near.

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