During my six years as a hospice social worker, I was given the privilege of comforting people at the end of their lives. This unique experience provided me with insights about life and living that I couldn't have gained elsewhere.
One of the biggest lessons I learned while working with the dying was that every aspect of life is precious, even the everyday occurrences we often overlook or take for granted.
Time and time again I'd hear patients say that if they could have a “do-over,” they'd choose to more fully embrace and appreciate all of life's details, from the magnificent to the mundane.
This caused me to see the importance of everything in life, large and small. It’s so easy to take the things we are accustomed to having for granted until we no longer have them. Here are 10 such things that working with the dying made me grateful for.