You may not wish to stop for death, but as Emily Dickinson once so eloquently put it, it will kindly stop for you.
Yes, our demise is one of the few certainties in life. And yet so many of us do our very best to avoid all thoughts of death, dying or funerals.
This was Valerie Vetter’s experience some years ago when she lost both her parents. “When my parents died, I was very unprepared for it,” she says, recalling a visit to a funeral director which completely passed her by.
“I couldn’t take in what he was telling me; I found it just too hard,” she says.
So why don’t we take some time ahead of the eventuality – either on our own behalf or for our nearest and dearest – to do a bit of research and planning?
Well, as Vetter says, “we’re all in denial”.
But if you want move past the denial and accept the inevitable, what do you need to know?