There are so many things to write about when it comes to ageing, dying and death. Each time I start a new blog post I realise that it has so many layers and there are so many ideas that extend from each actual and potential post. So this year I will be seeking to break down those ideas into small bite size chunks to help you think differently about ageing, dying and death and all the things associated with it.
The aim: making end of life experiences easier.
As so many people do, when they find out I am a funeral celebrant, they tell me their stories of loss or grief. Or tell me about how much they hate funerals. Or tell me about the funerals that are memorable for all the right or all the wrong reasons.
One of the key reasons I think talking about ageing, dying and death is so important is because of the number of people for whom the death of a loved one is more often than not, way harder than it needs to be. So, on offer are a continuing series of posts to get you thinking differently about ageing, dying and death.
In Australia’s westernised culture dying and death has become sanitised and distant. Many people seek to do as much as much as they can to avoid thinking, talking or immersing themselves in anything related death and dying. As a result, when a loved one dies many people want to get the funeral over and done with as quickly as possible… it as if it passes quickly enough they can pretend it never happened or that they can get back to feeling and doing ‘normal’ quickly. This speed-grieving is just one topic that I’ll address over time.
Feel free to ask any questions you want about ageing, death and dying and I’ll seek to address your areas of interest in up coming blogs.
For those of you who are wondering where the Just One Life comes from… I’m of the mindset – largely cos I am reminded of this everyday of my working life – that life is a fragile thing. But it can also be robust and magnificent if we allow it to be. We have “just one life” to conscious live in the here and now. My invitation to myself and all of you is to live each day in gratitude of the life you have and to do whatever is best to make sure you are living life as the precious gift it is!
We have just one life…
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Just One Life… doing and designing dying and death differently and with dignity and distinction.
For more information on doing dying and death differently or to start thinking about how to handle a death of a loved one before you are overtaken by grief, organise a conversation with Jacqui today.
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Jacqui Chaplin is a Lifetime & End-of-Life Commemoration Specialist (a funeral celebrant among other things) based in Melbourne, Australia. She loves capturing stories about the nature of life and being human, as well as, celebrating and commemorating well lived lives and lives that have ended. Jacqui has a passion for bringing the conversations that many of us find difficult to think about, let alone speak about, out in the open so we can see how our stories, values and beliefs influence our attitudes.
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