Death, Dying and Bewilderment

With the apparent spike in the number of deaths of prominent figures – along with any personal bereavements we might be enduring - we may find that our sense of morbidity has grown in recent months. Thoughts on death, impermanence and the passage of time – all have a tendency to make us evaluate our lives; what we’ve done with them so far and how we might fill what remains of them.

Nearly fifty years ago, psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, published her seminal work, ‘On Death and Dying’, a book which explores our common experiences of grief. Here, Dianne Gray, president of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross foundation, considers our response to death – in particular the uncertainty and sense of regret that often accompanies it – and explores how we might nurture those feelings into something more positive and life-affirming.