The Death Taboo is holding us back.
And its time to break free.
Why do we avoid the reality of death?
Why are we so afraid of the Grim Reaper? Why is he even called the Grim Reaper anyway?
Perhaps our greatest fear is of a dream unfulfilled, a life un-lived.
Lets do a thought experiment together. If right now you knew, you absolutely knew, that you had squeezed the juice out of every moment of life, that you had loved with all of your heart, that you had courageously pursued your deepest dreams, then would dying tomorrow feel like such an outrage? Or would it perhaps feel more like a fitting finale to a life well lived?
Unfortunately, the Death Taboo means we avoid talking about, reflecting on, or being near death. As a result, we spend too many hours of too many days with our heads in the sand.
So, we think it’s time to break free from the Death Taboo.
This week the team here at Bounce Works have been busy researching the Death Taboo for you, as we believe it’s super helpful to understand where this fear comes from, the effect it has on us, and how we might overcome it.
Last week we introduced the theme, and we asked our community for their thoughts on the Death Taboo. Below are some of the best things we learned.
I always remember being stunned when I openly talked about my dad’s cancer being terminal, knowing there were so many father/daughter things I’d never have, and being met with “oh you never know it might all be alright”…it just left me wondering if they’d even heard what I’d just said or if they were choosing to belittle my experience. People often ignore or blame you for what they can’t fix.
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