What is a vigil plan? It is a detailed plan for what your last hours to days will look like. I go into detail about a vigil here plan http://foldingpapercranes.com/vigil-plans.html .
Sitting down to think about what you want your end of days to look like may seem macabre on the surface, but it really does help you to live a more fulfilled life.
Being a healthy young person and contemplating your death is seen as potential suicidal behavior. In most people though, giving yourself the perspective of your life as finite, gives you the benefit of focusing your goals.
There are the obvious benefits of having a plan in place in case you receive a terminal diagnosis or some other event happens in which you have hours or days in which you are in active dying. There are the emotional benefits of having the plan in place, creating a plan helps you to recognize what you find most important in your life.
For some people that are dying, creating a plan for what their last few days will look like is too hard to create when it is so near. A vigil plan will provide comfort not only to you at the end as well as your loved ones as you are dying and as they reflect upon your death.
Spending time with your mortality can help you recognize what is most important to you and what you don't have tolerance for anymore. If you think about the limited time you have on Earth, you know what is most important to you and what you will tolerate as well as what you won't. It might mean you decide to start taking classes for something you want to learn or remove yourself from a situation you realize you don't want to spend time with anymore.
After you have created a vigil you may experience a peace you didn't know you wanted. Thinking about your death, and everyone's, is something we naturally turn away from. It is the proverbial elephant in the room, knowing without a doubt that your life will end one day but that you won't know when or how and trying to not acknowledge it. Creating a beautiful plan, knowing that you might not ever use it, can ease anxiety about your eventual death while also giving you the clarity of what you want.
We hear time and time again that people who have a near life experience have a new lease on life, creating a vigil plan can help give you this perspective without risking your life. A vigil plan for a young healthy person is helpful for making a plan for the rest of your life as well as for your death.
If you are interested in creating a vigil plan you can click the vigil plan tab at the top and create an appointment with me.
My name is Abby, my life has been touched many times by loss and grief. This life has led me to helping others navigate their own grief. I have become a INELDA trained End Of Life Doula and a hospice volunteer. I am not a professional counselor or psychologist and all advice given should be treated as advice from a friend.