Why is it so difficult for people to have the death conversation?
Because it’s scary to think of yourself being separated from your loved ones? Having to leave this world with regrets? The unknown process of death? The bad-luck perception of death?
The fear of these feelings resulted in the fear of death, and thus the reluctance to talk about death.
Have the Talk of a Lifetime is a campaign run by Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC). This campaign aims to have family members talk about everything. Have them share their big events and small victories in life. But most importantly, the one conversation that they probably haven’t had: to have the talk about they want to be remembered. It can make the difference of a lifetime.
Sharing stories with those who matter most isn’t just important today; it will be especially significant when it’s time to commemorate a life. Have the Talk of a Lifetime encourages families to have conversations about life and what matters most. These discussions can help families make important decisions about how they wish to remember and honor the lives of their loved ones.
Through meaningful memorialization — that is, taking time to reflect on the unique life of a loved one and remember the difference they made — families and friends take an important step in the journey toward healing after death. Today, individuals and their families have more options for memorializing their loved one at the end of life.
Memorialization is so much more than it used to be. It can reflect a person’s life story, their values, interests, and experiences. It is transformative, healing, and comforting. Meaningful memorialization planning starts when loved ones talk about what matters most: memories made, lessons learned, and how they hope to be remembered.
In this new year, why not make it your new year resolution to get to know your loved ones, friends and families on a more personal and deeper level.