The D Word

First off, thank you so much for following along for the past month. With only a few days left I am sad to see the end of this blog series BUT I am excited that you were able to share this time with me.

For the last 4 days, I'm gonna talk about one of the biggest fears, phobias, and changes in life: Death. This topic is one that most do not like to talk about. I find comfort in talking about the things that scare me most. The more I learn and accept the less I'm fearful. 

We'll start off slow with some interesting thought on death:

  • Death is the 2nd biggest fear among Americans, 1st is public speaking!
  • Nearly 2/3rds of Americans do NOT have advance directives such as a living will.
  • Even those who do have an advance directive, physicians (and family members) are often unaware of their patients' preferences. One large-scale study found that only 25 percent of physicians knew that their patients had advance directives on file.
  • Top Fears Behind Death: Unknown, Process of Dying, Loss of Control, Loss of Loved Ones, That life has been meaningless.
  • 90% of Americans find it important to talk with loved ones about end of life arrangements but only 27% have actually done so.
  • 90% of Americans have some sort of regret at end of life. Top life regrets:
    •  I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

    •  I wish I didn't work so hard.

    •  I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.

    • I wish that I had let myself be happier.

I hope this doesn't bring a wave of sadness or sorrow to you. Death is a part of life. We all die, we can't control that but how we die and how we look at and embrace death is all up to us.

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