Just last Friday, I had the amazing opportunity to present, Visual Storytelling for End-of-Life Planning at the Creative Mornings 2023 Showcase, Reverie.
I am passionate about creating well-informed and meaningful conversations about all aspects of our lives, from birth through dying and death. There is so much to learn because we have many choices and want to make thoughtful decisions. I truly believe such rich conversations can easily lead us to more deeply appreciate every day of our lives.
Here is the text from my 90-second talk; I wanted to share it with you. It is my invitation—really my gift—of an easy path into such conversations with your family and close friends.
Hi! I‘m Jill Greenbaum, a visual story catcher and advocate of the Death Positive movement.
I have a question for you: Would you be open to having a conversation about your current health, your work, and planning for your someday one-day death? Maybe two out of three?
To quote a colleague of mine, Jan Booth:
“Starting a deep exploration of dying and death on our deathbed is unlikely….”
I believe planning for our dying and death is one of the most important elements of our lives. What would you like to be the story—the plan—for your death?
- What are your values about living and dying?
- Where do you want to be in your final weeks?
- Who will be with you?
- How would you like to be in your environment —what music, scents, and visuals will be in the space?
- What are your wishes for your life celebration, funeral, or memorial?
- Have you thought about the disposition of your body after death?
I ask these questions, listen for answers, and create drawings that become living documents for in-depth, heart-opening, and vitally important conversations in families and among friends.
I’ve shared one example of my work.
You can ask these questions of yourself and have these conversations too.
Please explore the wealth of resources that exist about creating the end-of-life experience you desire—for yourself and your loved ones. It is a journey that can help prepare you and will increase your appreciation of every day of your life.
I hope that you will reach out to me with your comments and questions.
And, if you’re interested in having a gently guided conversation with me about your experience for your someday, one-day death, while I capture your plans in images and words, let’s have a coffee together to discuss the opportunity—in person or over Zoom.
PS: I thought it might be helpful to share my background in the end-of-life experience planning space. Y’all are connected with me through a great variety of my endeavors—visualization work, training, facilitation, coaching, Zentangle, and more. I have drafted a visual that shares my education, training, and experience in this end-of-life work. I hope it is interesting and informative. Of course, I’m happy to answer any questions that arise for you.