Here’s a thought-provoking Death Cartoon from Pearls Before Swine. Pig and Goat are standing on the beach looking at the water. Pig says, “I’m starting to think I don’t ever want to die.” Goat asks, “Why is that?”
“It’s outside my comfort zone,” says Pig. “Never leave your comfort zone.”
As a Certified Thanatologist (a death educator), I can assure you that death is outside a majority of people’s comfort zones. However, you don’t get a choice in the matter of death.
Only about 25-30% of adults in the U.S. prepare wills, trusts, and advance medical directives, or make plans for their own funerals. This minority has what it takes to carefully consider their own mortality and take the steps to insure a smooth transition out of this lifetime.
The rest are with Pig, who never wants to leave his comfort zone. Unfortunately, they will leave their families in a heap of trouble – not if, but when they die.
Come to one of my talks that use humor and funny films to break down resistance to considering and proactively addressing end-of-life issues. Maybe a few more folks will find the courage to step up and expand their mortality salience comfort zone.