Chapter 1: Grief responses to suffering and death
Confronting your own mortality
Many health care providers are confronted with their own feelings of
mortality as they encounter death. Psychologists and psychiatrists, among
others, have written extensively on the topic of death anxiety, or the fear of not existing anymore.
If you become aware of your own death anxiety, what should you do?
Some professionals who witness death and grief on a daily basis find value in living with this awareness; it can help to remind us of what really matters.
If you’re feeling anxious about your own death, you might consider these questions:
What are your priorities and are they meeting your needs?
Are you living your life in alignment with who you really are?
Are there changes you may need to make to minimize future regrets?
What would you have to change to live a more authentic and fulfilling life?