So what have hospice workers learned about living. Day after day they care for those who are living their last days and moments. What do they hear over and over?
Four things tend to be the consistent advice from the dying:
- Ask for forgiveness for past transgressions. Say it like this: “Please forgive me.”
- Give forgiveness; don’t carry bitterness to your grave. “I forgive you.”
- Express your gratefulness. Thank those who have helped you along the way. “Thank you!”
- Let those you love know you love them. “I love you.”
Live all your days as if you may die that night.
Derived after viewing a speech by Dr. Ira Byock, MD
“In the blink of an eye, everything can change… so forgive often and love with all your heart. You many never get a second chance.” (unknown)