By: Susan M. Graham, Certified Elder Law Attorney, Senior Edge Legal, Boise, Idaho
Death is an absolute certainty. It will happen to each of us and to those we love.
To bring this topic out of the closet, there are now “Death Studies” college classes, death cafes, death salons and death dinners.  People gather to talk about what they want for their own death, before and after. The discussions are wide ranging from the obvious – picking out a casket, to writing goodbye letters. A major loss for the surviving loved ones is the loss of your voice. An easy way to write a letter is to think like you will never be able to speak to the person again. What do you want to tell them? One theme to help you get started may be the topic “I won the child lottery” when you write a last letter to your child.
Talking about death is important. If you don’t, people won’t know your wishes when you die.
Do you want to host a “death dinner” to get started?
 “Life Lessons From “Death 101”, Erika Hayasaki, New York Times, page C3, March 8,2014