Drop the word ‘death’ and chances are high that conversation drops dead. Unfortunately, this reluctance to face up to what we will all have to go through at some point in time means that we could actually lose out on the invaluable chance to share all of our questions and wishes with our beloved ones and physicians before it is too late. What is it that we need most during our last phase of life? How do we envision our departure: as the end, or as a new beginning? What is it that we would like to leave behind? And how can we cope with the loss of a near and dear one? Join me in my exploration on how to go and let go in peace.

(Wall painting of the poem Loss by Adonis. Photo: Soon-ok Heijmans)