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Why We Need To Stop Thinking Of Death As A Four Letter Word

Why We Need To Stop Thinking Of Death As A Four Letter Word

Why is death is such a difficult topic to discuss?

According to a poll completed by Harris/Decima on why Canadians have not had end of life conversations, they discovered that;

  • 48% of Canadians are fearful of death
  • 45% don’t want to upset their families and
  • 39% are “creeped out” by having the conversation

I have informally found this to be the case.

I happened to be talking to some friends about how I learned it was so important to have end of life conversations with your family about your wishes and how I even wrote a blog post about it.

I received some interesting feedback.

Some of the comments I received were, “Isn’t that sort of depressing?” or “I don’t want my family to have to worry about that.

Dr. Peter Saul is a Senior Intensive Care Specialist and in a TED Talk entitled “Let’s Talk About Dying”, suggests the main reason that we should want to talk about death is that it given our longevity now, 6 out of 10 of us will die of frailty.

So it does really matter how you die.

He even suggests the idea that we should possibly think and plan our death process the same way we do with the birth process.

Now I’m not suggesting that we need to have extensive conversations about death but I do think that as a society we should at least get a bit more comfortable talking about the topic for both our own and family’s sake and stop thinking of death as a four letter word.

If we are all going to live a lot longer there will be decisions that will need to be made and wouldn’t you prefer to have some say in what happens to you rather than forcing someone else to have to make these decisions on your behalf?

Here is Dr. Saul’s TED Talk. What do you think?

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.