Scared to Death of Death: The Important Things We Postpone

No one wants to discuss death, and yet we’re all going to die—obviously. Which makes for an irksome paradox.

What’s worse is we often refuse to discuss important topics surrounding death, such as burial plans, cremation, living wills, and the like. The younger we are, the more we pretend the inevitable isn’t inevitable.

And so we live our daily lives with these worries in the back of our minds, uncertain what will happen if we get sick, if we die unexpectedly, if we become unconscious and can no longer make decisions for ourselves.

But that could never happen to me! we think, knowing full well it could, and it might. Young or old, we’re all one brief moment away from a disaster.

We needn’t be afraid, though—just prepared.

I was unprepared for many, many years. Recently, though, I took worry by the hand and faced the fact that, at any time, I’m a moment away from death. So I decided to plan accordingly by obtaining or updating the following:

Living will. A living will, also known as an Advance Health Care Directive or Advance Medical Directive, is a legal document that provides your family, doctors, and caregivers with information about what life-saving measures you wish to be taken should there come a time when you are unable to communicate your wishes.

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