Leon Rosenberg is 81 years old. He is a retired child psychologist living in a graduated assisted living community (and, full disclosure, he happens to be my father). Many of the posts in this Challenge highlight how far we keep death from our experience. Leon shares a bit about how our relationship to death changes over time, and what life is like when death becomes a more prosaic part of your day.
My father and I talk all the time. I realized after our conversation that we've never talked this long about death. I know the mechanical stuff -- my parents' advance directives and their preferences for end of life -- but never appreciated how he deals with the emotional "existential questions" while being part of a community where deaths are a common event.
"First Person" is an experiment we are trying during this challenge to see how we might use video interviews to add inspiration and spark conversation. Let us know what you think!