That's the message from this article in today's Herald by journalist Stephen Wealthhall, who is terminally ill. It urges us to be pragmatic about imminent death.
People either tend to ignore the approach of death altogether or become mystical about it, when what is really needed is acknowledgement of its reality and imminence. My cultural background (West Riding of Yorkshire) makes openness and honesty the most important philosophies of life and so I am lucky that I have had a background that makes those things come naturally. I don't think such an approach is self-deception any more than the use of morphine is a cop-out in the face of intractable pain.
I don’t think the Boomer generation and those following will put up with being told by doctors, priests and the law what they should or should not do with their own lives. They’ll decide for themselves, just like they’ve always done. Those who want to assist them should not be punished for it. Set strong boundaries and make it legal to assist euthanasia. To deny this is a hang-over from moribund religious times.