Would You Attend a Funeral For Someone You Don’t Know?
Most people would not attend a funeral for someone they didnt know (or had a connection to). Just like most people wouldn’t experience what its like to live in a Senior Living Community before they “need” to.
Next month author Gail Rubin will attend 30 funerals and memorial services in 30 days. She states, “This ’30 Day Challenge’ will show that we need not fear having end-of-life conversations. Just as talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, talking about funerals won’t make you dead – and your family will benefit from the conversation.”
I really relate to Gails project and what can be gained by the perspective she will gain. Tomorrow, I will be spending a day in an Alzheimer’s Center from the perspective of a resident. Having a better understanding of this disease and engaging in a dialogue at this stage in my life is similar to having a conversations about death before I die. Any amount of information and perspective I can gain now by spending time in this setting can help me, my family and those I am helping through challenging decisions. Like Gail, I hope my project can advance a dialogue around something none of us want to experience first hand.
I like Gail’s Blog title which is “Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die.”