As a Chaplain I constantly reflect on the simple truth that dying is a certainty for us all. Also that humankind has decided the sort of age at which we think it is acceptable to die, and it is a figure that gets bigger and bigger as the years roll on. Yet I still surprise myself in my belief that I too will go on and on, with total good health, until I am over a hundred and fall asleep blissfully after a milky drink! The reality is that some of us will not live to great years and, even if we do, our death is as important as our birth, signifying the marker posts of our lives.
This year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week focuses on the Big Conversation – “Talking about dying won’t make it happen!”. And it really is true. There is no such thing as tempting fate. But what is there to talk about? We could start wherever we are, at whatever age we are, and even if we are perfectly fit, with the open acknowledgment that we won’t all live forever. Then have a think about:
You see, there is a lot to talk about. Doing so will help you and your loved ones to understand yourselves and each other better. So, buy some cakes, a nice meal, a bottle of wine, a picnic…. or whatever is a special treat to you, get together with those you care about, and get talking.
Rev’d Clare Griffiths | Lead Chaplain