The simple exercise of befriending death can bring happy surprises.

Some people experience fear, anxiety, anger, and even depression when they think about death.

Is it possible to befriend death and see it as a natural ally instead of a scary enemy?  As a consequence, could this decrease fear and anxiety and increase joy and happiness of being alive?

The Gestalt exercise of seeing death as a friend:

Gestalt therapists say we can engage in a dialogue with anything that comes to mind which means we can talk to this “anything” and give this “anything” a voice in reply.

Originally Published on Psychology Today

© Dr. Chris Gilbert, MD, PhD

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