Friday, January 1, 2010

Ten Steps to Becoming Dead Right

                                     Ten Steps to Becoming Dead Right

                                        By Frances Shani Parker, Author
             Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes

  1. Accept death as part of life.
Death will come, no matter how often you avoid the topic or how forcefully technology wrestles it to the ground.
  1. Listen to the universe.
Some call it the universe, while many use other names. If you believe you are part of an infinite enlightenment, be still and listen.
  1. Expect rainbow smiles.
Rainbow smiles are joyous, healing, memorable moments that come more often when you anticipate them.
  1. Live a healthy lifestyle.
Practice habits of good health. Commit to including them in your daily living.
  1. Be informed and proactive.
Keep abreast of what’s going on. When circumstances arise that can benefit from your knowledge, apply what you know.
  1. Do your best.
You can’t solve every problem or be everything to everybody. Just do all you can.
  1. Give service to others.
Complement others by fulfilling needs through service. Both server and recipient benefit from this partnership.
  1. Be grateful for blessings.
Blessings come like wondrous celebrations held in your honor. Let appreciation reign!
  1. Put death wishes in writing.
Fulfillment of your end-of-life wishes will often depend on what you discuss and record now.
  1. Have a dignified death journey.
Breathe in your final phase of life with contentment. Experience a dying process that brings beauty and calm to your personal letting go.

Copyright © Frances Shani Parker

Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback at many booksellers in America and other countries and in e-book editions at Amazon and Barnes and Noble booksellers.


  1. Thanks for those good points to consider on this life's journey. Something to practice as 2010 begins.

    Happy New Year

  2. Thanks for posting this, Frances. Have a peaceful and joyful New Year.

  3. Thanks, Lisa. I wish you and all my wonderful blog readers the same. Happy New Year!