There is a common saying of two guarantees in life: that one must die and that one must pay taxes.
While the latter is debatable, the former is not.
After birth, one must be prepared for death. Unfortunately, it is the obvious things in life that people love to debate about, as if that will change the course.
Everyone avoids discussing matters of death. I know of priests who dread funerals yet one of the final rites he has to perform on an individual is the funeral service.
I have been invited to forums to discuss life and death, and asked to concentrate more on life as not many want to hear about death.
For one to be an effective counselor, a study on death and grieving is a must. This was one of the hardest units I had to attend. Not only do you openly talk about death, but you also have to process death of your loved one and anticipate how you will ‘cope’ in their absence. Years later, I have no option than to train future counselors and therapists on the same. I must admit that it is easier said than done!