If dying is something we do rather than what happens to us, do we ask those who are dying what they need? Most needs change radically when we turn from our generative living to the tasks required of dying, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The dying can experience profound sadness. They can experience sights and sounds we do not experience. They can talk about things that seem absurd given their condition, such as planning a trip. Often these behaviors scare us because we do not understand them.
This presentation and conversation focuses on helping caretakers, families and friends learn how to listen to and with one who is dying. By listening, we can support the dying one's effort to die well.