After years of listening to many people who are dying, hearing them try to articulate what they need during this most difficult passage of their lives, I will try to speak for them to you, their loved ones and caregivers. I will speak with one voice representing all their many voices, communicating the emotional, practical, and spiritual needs of a human being facing imminent death.Some ring true, very true, either from my perspective, from what I heard my brother express or from what I witnessed of us surrounding him. I'd like to dole them out in small amounts. Reading them all at once was a bit much, at least for me.
I am going through so many changes; I feel so uncertain about my future. Sometimes all I can see in front of me are those future things I am afraid of. And each day, my fear ignities a different emotion. Some days I can't take it in and I need to believe it isn't happening. So there might be days or even weeks that I will feel sad, or act irritated. If you can listen and accept me, without trying to change or fix my mood, I will eventually get over it and be able to relax, and perhaps even laugh with you again.