15/03/2020

LET'S TALK ABOUT DEATH ANXIETY

With the contastant flow of news about coronavirus proving completely unavoidable, it's unsurprising that many of us are feeling anxious. From social media to the local supermarket, everywhere is a reminder of the global pandemic we're currently facing. Death anxiety is pervasive in society on an average day, so being faced with a threat to our health has understandably brought up complex emotions for many.

A Memento Mori piece at Wellcome Collection, London. Memento Mori pieces are artistic reminders of our mortality.

The best thing to do when staring at your fear of death is to embrace it. Invite it for a chat, lean in, and listen. Cultivating a relationship with death is one of the most important things you can do, even if your natural urge is to avoid thinking about it at all. Feeling your feelings is the only way to move through them. It is possible to think about mortality without feeling sick, and even possible to be friends with death. I've put together some resources to help.

On the Fear of Death - The Order of the Good Death talk through a few steps to befriend death. 

How To Mourn Your Own Death - A Course in Dying guide us through how to think about our own death.

How do I let go of my anxiety about death and about the meaning of life? - Canadian Virtual Hospice discuss different ways we might think about the meaning of life and death. 

How the Unrelenting Threat of Death Shapes Our Behaviour - Psychologist Jeff Greenberg explains the research that shows how our fear of death can affect our behaviour in far more ways than expected.

End-of-life doulas: the professionals who guide the dying - Cecilia Saixue Watt explores how end-of-life doulas can ease our anxieties about dying and guide us through the end of our lives.

Death Land - A YouTube series in which Leah Green tackles her own death anxiety by exploring different approaches to death and dying. 

New Ways to Think About Death - This playlist of Ted Talks discuss different ways to approach death in the modern world. 

The Dying Matters Podcast - This podcast by Hospice UK opens the conversation about death and talks about why we shouldn't avoid it. 

If your anxiety surrounding death is affecting your life, it's okay to seek help. You're certainly not alone in your fear, and even the most death-positive of us must consistently make time to process our thoughts and emotions surrounding mortality. The conversation about death has to start somewhere, and opening up about death anxiety might prove to be empowering for you and those around you. If you're struggling and need to speak to someone urgently, contact Samaritans or make an appointment with your GP.

Whilst it is important to face your anxiety about death, it's okay if you don't have the energy to do this every day. With the constant avalanche of news about COVID-19 and all things terrible, sometimes we just need a distraction for a moment, especially if we're stuck indoors. Here is a link to a livestream from a bat sanctuary. This is a link to a livestream of a sanctuary for disabled goats. Here is a list of famous museums with virtual tours. Enjoy.


  



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  1. You've shared some really great advice darling, I'm sending you so much love. 💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | www.alishavalerie.com

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