Following last weekend's piece by Ron Lieber about getting your sh*t together, which we blogged about, the NYT has published an opinion piece by Tim Krieder, "You Are Going to Die." Mr. Krieder recounts how he and his sister recently toured a retirement community for his mother, how impressed he was with the facility (yet how sad he was at the fact he was there), and how it made him realize just how little there is he can do about the fact that his mom is getting older, is now at the point in her life where she is moving into a long-term care facility, and at some point, will die.
"You are older at this moment than you’ve ever been before, and it’s the youngest you’re ever going to get… Pretending death can be indefinitely evaded with hot yoga or a gluten-free diet or antioxidants or just by refusing to look is craven denial."
We're on the same page here at Everplans; we know that no one wants to think about death, or deal with it. It's so hard. And we also agree with Tim (and the universe) that death is inevitable. And that's the reason for our whole mission here at Everplans. Even a little bit of decision-making and planning ahead can make a huge difference at the end - both for the person who is passing and for their families.