Life Review Letter | Letter Project | Stanford Medicine
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A simple way to prepare for death is to write the letter above or use any formate you like, Just follow the seven prompts.
The Dalai Lama says, “Because we don’t know when our lives will finish, we should remain mindful and well prepared. Then, even if we die tonight, we will do so without regret. If we die tonight, the purpose of being well prepared is borne out; if we don’t die tonight, there is no harm in being well prepared, because it will still benefit us.”
In review, a passport of remembrances will settle our hearts and minds.
And you can share anytime you are ready and are confident you will do no harm.
For some the process may take several drafts before their sharing will begin.
The benefit is peace of mind and has hidden potential for all.
An open frank discussion may ensue which can open up areas within closed relationships.
My personal experience with the death of close friends and family suggests it is helpful to most.
There is plenty on the topic available who may want an alternative approach.
I actually listed my wants and dislikes and described the kind of wake I prefer, but to my friend and relatives this is more harmful than good.
There is some literature about grief and dying that may help more than anything else. Again a very personal choice and can be difficult to do.
However, a little bit of dusting off of a sensitive subject is harmless and it may need a review.
Good luck reviewing this topic, it may not be something you wish to do, but you can always google it another day.