Art of Dying Volume II | Page 53

14 WAYS HOSPICE PATIENTS HAVE SAID THEY'RE READY TO DIE These are statements to me by hospice patients over the years indicating their readiness to die. I recognized there was a beauty in the variety of ways the patients chose to express their wishes. 1. "If something is going to happen, let it happen. Life is getting less interesting as the days go by." 2. ”Sometimes I wonder why they've all gone and I'm still here." 3. ”When I go to bed I always wonder if this will be the time I die.” 4. "I've done it all I've seen it all. I could step out." 5. "I'm ready to get up and jump around." 6. "I'm 93 and anything can happen at any time. I have no qualms." 7. "I was put on this earth to die. Today is just as good as tomorrow. We're all going to die. I can't control it. 8. "Right now heavenly home is home. They tell me we'll see our loved ones and never have to say goodbye. That would be wonderful." 9. "Get me out of here." 10. ”I'm waiting to ring the bell." 11. "I know we're not going to be here forever. Hereafter is another home. It ain't no temporary home. It's permanent and there are no utility bills. No taxes." 12. "I just want to go home." 13. “My goal is to wonder how I fill the days until my days are gone." 14. "I think it would be nice if every single person in the world had a button to push to say, 'okay I'm ready'." © 2017 Lizzy Miles. Reprinted with permission. This article was originally published on on January 20, 2017 CATHERINE MURRAY VOLUME II | 53