I am wondering why we are all so uncomfortable talking about death & dying?

In some cultures, one's death and their end of life journey is celebrated and revered.  In other's, we can't even say the words, "my mum died", we are more comfortable saying "passed away", "passed on".  I often wonder why this is?  For many,  it is difficult to even say the words, "death or dying".  Is it because we Canadians are just too polite to say the words?, I think not.  Is it because it causes us some discomfort and potential awkwardness? I suspect so.  Have you ever asked someone in their 80's and 90's about death? My guess is they are just fine talking about death and dying because they have given it some thought, they have had friends die, they may have lost several loved ones.  

I believe if we all got a little more comfortable saying it, talking about it, throwing it out there for discussion, we all might be able to shift the way we think about it, not only in our own lives but also in our family and friends lives as well.  If we can start talking about death and dying more, then we should be more comfortable to share our end of life wishes.  Do your family and friends know how you want to be remembered? What will be most important to you in the last few days or weeks of your life?  How about funeral arrangements or end of life celebrations? Giving thought to some of these ideas today and having conversations with our families and friends might be a little sticky for us to have at first, but I challenge you to try it! I bet you will be surprised...