five "themes" for caring for someone who is dying and some practical suggestions on how to do carryout those themes. You can think of these themes, taken from a publication of the Colorado Collaboration on End-of-Life Care, as the five R’s for caring: Remember,Recognize, Respect, Reinforce, and Reminisce.

If you read these five themes carefully I believe you can quickly tell that there is nothing unique about these as they relate to caring for a dying person. If we all remembered:

in ALL of our relationships, our lives, and the other person’s life, whether dying or not, might go a little bit more smoothly.