When There is Beauty in Death

My piece in today’s Huffington Post is about saying goodbye to a dying parent. It’s unspeakably sad but can also be loving and beautiful at some level.  Stop by and let me know what you think. Thanks.

18 Responses to “When There is Beauty in Death

  • Wonderful insight.

  • Great read, wise advice!

    • Thanks, Marian. I’m glad you liked the read. It’s a tough topic to make readable but it is something everyone ultimately faces, right?

  • This is perfect Debbi…I still have both of my parents living, but my mom has been ill. We talk about death a lot, and it’s very comforting. She’s still going strong, but I feel I will be as prepared as I can be when the time comes.

    • If you’re talking about death, you’re as prepared as you can be. Somehow when it happens it still feels shocking and abrupt but being able to talk like you are makes it just a bit easier and every bit helps you reach peace. Thanks for taking the time to let me know you read this. I am grateful.

  • That’s a really thoughtful piece, Deb. I so agree it’s about coming to a peaceful place. It’s what we all hope for in the end. Thanks. ❤️

    • Yes, exactly. We all hope for peace. I don’t know how many get it, though. Here’s hoping…

  • stunning work.

  • This is a great post Deborah, kepp doing the good work.

  • Wonderful post! My mom was under hospice care and died five years ago. From personal experience, I can say that all of your suggestions are excellent. I was doing those very things at the time and it helped immensely during her dying process.

    • You were lucky to have each other and to be able to share that difficult time with love. Thanks for this comment. I hope it gives people the idea that dealing with death can be beautiful at some level.

  • …once again , Debby , I applaud you for having this conversation …the more we talk about death , the more we honor life… by speaking our truths to each other with honesty and love , we come together in love to celebrate the lives we have together , only then can we celebrate death as an integral part of a life well lived and free ourselves from the fears that prevent us from doing so…

    • And once again, I gratefully accept your applause. I plan to continue putting this out there as far and as wide as I can reach. It’s getting a great deal of attention on HuffPo today and I’m really happy about that. I just did a radio interview about it too and the host said it’s the first time she’s taken on this topic. You hit the nail on the head with the fears. We are afraid of this taboo topic of death and won’t be free of that until we realize what’s holding us back and throw it off. I like your definition of death: an integral part of a life well lived. I may quote you!

  • Wonderful job in sharing that vulnerable time we all must face. No one ever said life would be easy. Seems as though there can be a type of beauty and serenity that can be shared. Thank you.

    • That’s so true. Life isn’t easy. Death doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it though. I’m hoping to help people develop a new perspective. Thanks for writing this and thanks so much for your kind thoughts about what I wrote.

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