Meeting at Ruby Blue gives us a private discussion space, opportunities to buy excellent coffee and cake, and enjoy fabulous care from the Ruby Blue team. Thank you to Daniel and Team.
Andrew’s suggestion we prepare our obituary prompted varied responses and a full two hours of discussion.
Some in the group spoke about what they would include if they did write their obituary. Some wrote and chose to keep that to themselves, and some wrote and shared. We concluded that:
- Writing about ourselves can be a challenge.
- Genetics is an amazing life lottery.
- Will be remembered by others as a kaleidoscope of their experiences of us.
- Obituaries can be in story form, highly visual, and often give us previously unknown insights into that person,
- Sometimes obituaries are spiritually focused and quite poignant.
- Funny headstones are great.
- Planning for death can be a challenge.
We could relate to the simplicity of Andrew’s intent to “walk softly in life” and Brian’s “I did my best” – and all agreed neither aim is straightforward.
Thank you to Margaret who researched … “Advanced Care Plans on Benalla Health Advanced Care Plan benallahealth.org.au site. It addresses the various aspects of this topic including Chris Thorne 10-minute video on “Taking care of Dying Time …”. The Benalla Health site has references to similar Victorian government organisations that can also be found by googling Advance Care Planning Victoria. It is important to include Victoria as legislation varies slightly from State to State.”
Here are some interesting resources that consider our various attitudes to death.
- “Doubting death: how our brains shield us from mortal truth”
- “Death anxiety. The worm at the core of mental health.”
- Erik Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development Explained
Next meeting – Thursday 15 June 2023 @ Ruby Blue Café (Nunn St) – 2:00pm to 4:00 PM. Note - Demystifying Psychology Discussion Group continues through to November 2023.
SEMESTER 2 UPDATE
Starting 18 July 2023
- Demystifying Psychology - Course
- 3rd Tuesday 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. U3A Room 1
- A five-session light-hearted course introducing psychology in everyday life and some of the theories that try to explain how and why we do things.
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