If the above makes you cringe, you're not alone. The thought of one's own and one's loved ones' death is the most difficult thing to contemplate, for everyone, including doctors. What we fear, we tend to avoid. But one cannot avoid reality, after all we're all in it. And, pushing things out of our consciousness just drives them into our subconscious, where it festers and plays havoc with our lives, surfacing in varied unexpected but invariably unpleasant ways like symptoms that mimic physical disease, headaches, anxiety, sleep disturbance, angry outbursts etc etc.
Avoidance doesn't work. The Mindful approach is intentionally embracing reality as it is. It's much easier and infinitely more effective than avoidance.
Who treats suffering? We all self-manage our own. Mindfulness practices alone are powerful. Some people require additional help from mental health professionals, counselors etc.
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