Stepping into my new service with the intent to assist, prepare and sort out end-of-life planning details for others is offering me unexpected lessons. My world is expanding with new perspectives, compassion and vulnerability in the way we think and talk about death. I’ve learned that we dread the concept of death because we don’t know much about it. For most of us death is to be avoided at all costs. But death, the ultimate teacher, is coming out of the dark. The #1 NY Times bestseller right now is Atul Gawande’s, Being Mortal, a reflection on death, dying and the medical profession’s mishandling of it. Once we surrender the fear associated with death, it allows us to accept the body in its natural decline, setting the mind free to live more fully.