Thursday, April 16, 2015

10 Life Steps to Good Death

1. Accept death as part of life.
Death will come when it comes, no matter how often you avoid the topic or how forcefully technology wrestles it to the ground.

2. Listen to the universe.
Some call it the universe, while many use Higher Power, God, or other names. If you believe you are part of an infinite enlightenment, be still and listen.

3. Expect rainbow smiles.
Rainbow smiles are joyous, healing, memorable moments that come more often when you anticipate them.

4. Live a healthy lifestyle.
Practice habits of good health. Commit to including them in your daily living.

5. Be informed and proactive.
Keep abreast of what’s going on. When circumstances arise that can benefit from your knowledge, apply what you know.

6. Do your best.
You can’t solve every problem or be everything to everybody. Just do all you can.

7. Give service to others.
Complement others by fulfilling needs through service. Both server and recipient benefit from this partnership.

8. Be grateful for blessings.
Blessings come like wondrous celebrations held in your honor. Let appreciation reign!

9. Put healthcare, financial, and property death decisions in writing.
Fulfillment of your end-of-life wishes will often depend on what you discuss and record now.

10. 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, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes

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


  1. Thank you for these reminders. We all need achieve appreciation of and preparation for the end of life.

  2. Hi, David. It's always good to hear from you. When it comes to life steps to good death with you, I know I'm preaching to the choir. lol

    Happy endings,

  3. thank you ... sage advice ... will share w/others ...

  4. My mother and I were discussing this issue the other day. Thank you so much!

  5. AnonymousJune 14, 2015

    Wonderful post!

  6. Thanks to all of you. Happy endings, Frances