Giving a Loved One Permission To Die

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How do you tell your dying loved one that it's okay to go? I watched my stepmother do it with her 37-year-old daughter who had breast cancer and I can't even begin to imagine how hard it would be to get those words out. Fresh Widow has written an achingly honest post on this difficult subject:

"We’d shaken our fingers at death, looked it in the eye and screamed, we’d tested it, we’d tried to push it around. We’d made allies against death, and we’d bargained. Bargaining is pointless when you have no idea that May 31st will be the day you have to say, 'It’s okay to leave if you want to.'"

 

Good Death

 

Image credit: curran.kelleher via Flickr, Creative Commons.

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