Dr. Jessica Zitter

Psychology Today 


Think about your average day. How much time do you spend worrying about things that never come to pass? Will my daughter fail chemistry? Will my husband catch his flight? What if my neighbor has a fire? Or, we focus on things that just don’t matter that much in the long run. Will I ever lose that last five pounds? Did I reveal too much on that last Facebook post?

We spend endless time worrying and planning for things that never come to pass, or are ultimately inconsequential. But we spend almost no time preparing for the one thing that will happen to us all. And which can affect us profoundly, as well as those we love.

We will all someday die.

Possibly it’s simply human nature to avoid this fact. Some would argue our entire advertising culture, which glorifies youth, is built around this denial. And then there is television, where most of us get our ideas of what health care looks like. When most of the patients on Grey’s Anatomy are miraculously saved by Dr. McDreamy, it’s hard to believe that there may come a time when that just isn’t possible.

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