The things my patients say they'll miss the most are NOT seeing the World Landmarks, buying fancy things, that new car, “living it up” party style.
Here's the list of things patients say we should appreciate more:
Watching my sons throw a baseball
Listening to my grandparents tell stories
My girlfriend surprising me with a kiss on the cheek
Holding my wife in my arms knowing there's no where in the world I'd rather be
Gram's Sunday dinners and the whole family getting together
Seeing my fiancé smile and feeling his arms wrap around me
My daughter running to me when I get home
The smell of flowers and rain
The day I got married. I said I never would. And then I met her. And now I have to leave her.
Smelling the fireplace on Christmas morning with the family
All my friends
Watching my family sleep
The rush of weekday mornings. I know it sounds crazy, but I'll miss it. I'll miss the coffee, the crowded bathrooms, my wife's quick peck goodbye, the kids forgetting their lunch.. you get my point
Rain. Is that weird?
One person commenting on the post, user DoEyeNoU, said they lost their best friend of over 20 years to cancer. The friend also told spoke about the things she would miss and nothing she said involved money. DoEyeNoU wrote:
...it was the things we take for granted in real life: family, friends, pets, babies, watching the sun rise and set thunderstorms, and reading a good book.
What she said changed my life. I will never look at any of those things again without appreciation.I’m sorry she had to die in order for me to learn to live. But thanks, Deb, you really were my BFF until the very end. I miss you.
Generations ago, in the early years of the 20th century, dying was something that used to happen at home. The National Council for Palliative Care said 85 per cent of people still died in their home with their family.
But this century, less than 20 per cent did. Most (60 per cent), died in hospital, 20 per cent in care homes and 6 per cent in hospitalised.