“When making your choice in life, don’t forget to live”

– Samuel Johnson

Every day, the sun rises on a new opportunity. We are all given 86,400 seconds to make the most of each day, but if diagnosed with a terminal illness this may become a bit of a challenge. We encourage you to try though. Make it simple and make it achievable for your circumstance. Being diagnosed with a terminal illness does not mean you have to stop everything. Get out and enjoy what life has to offer. 

While addressing what you’ll do with your time is important, the reason why is even more significant. 

We know that when you’re diagnosed with a terminal illness, the everyday activities of life can be limiting and for this reason it is important to continue to plan for not just the good days, but the exceptional ones too. Why? It spurs us on, motivates us and gives us purpose.

Aside from the small fun activities we can try to incorporate into everyday life to keep us moving, consider some other potentially momentous days you would like to experience before dying. Be kind to yourself and give yourself permission to have a day dedicated to you. When pondering this day, make sure it’s something fun, something important to you, something that feeds your soul, something that makes you feel good and make it something extraordinary.

Here at Dying to Understand, we have seen how special days like this can be incredible for people with a terminal illness and have shared some options below. If you have a suggestion or have experienced an extraordinary day yourself, we would love to hear about it. Click the button below to share your experience with us. With your permission, we’ll share it with the community so that others may learn or gain ideas on what they can do. Every suggestion or experience shared is a step in the right direction.

Photo shoot

A good photo is priceless. Photos capture memories and precious moments that have lasting value. After death, they are a gift to those who have them and a wish, or even a regret, for those who don’t. A professional photo shoot is fun and can be tailored to your exact needs or specifications. Why not create your lasting masterpiece today.

Big Event

Celebrate your life before dying! Funerals are a wonderful way for others to come together and say farewell, but the most important person is missing – you!

Celebrating life prior to dying is one of the best things you could do. You may have a million reasons why you shouldn’t do it, but they are really just excuses. We can almost guarantee you won’t regret it. Defy your terminal illness and celebrate your incredible life with those you love. You owe it to yourself.

Bucket List

In the brilliant movie The Bucket List, Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicolson asked the question, “what do you want to do before you kick the bucket?”

It is a relevant and important everyday question, not just for those with a terminal illness. What do you still want to do while you are alive? There are so many places to go and things to do. A world of opportunity awaits you. Don’t put it off. Life can be uncertain so the sooner, the better.

Let us help you achieve your ultimate bucket list before dying.


You are a treasure of memories and experiences; a walking encyclopedia of your history. Regardless of how dull you may think your life has been, we can assure you your loved ones think otherwise. Don’t let your past get lost. Your experiences, stories and words of wisdom are precious and will be a treasure to those left behind after death. Leave a legacy. Let us show you how.

Spirituality and conversations with God.

We are spiritual beings. There is compelling evidence to suggest that at the time of death our spirit leaves our physical body, but we continue to exist. The nature of this existence is varied depending on the custom, culture or religion presented or personal thoughts around death. We explore the evidence of this spiritual existence and encourage conversations with God. Regardless of your view about spirituality, we believe this book is worthwhile reading.

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