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Q&A: Death and Dying in the Modern Age- Diana Darling

Q&A: Death and Dying in the Modern Age- Diana Darling

Diana Darling 

Publisher at The Architect’s Newspaper 

NYC 

How old do you want to live to be?

90?

Do you have a fantasy funeral?  

I do not want a funeral..interested in a memorial that is light and lively with people celebrating my life

What scares you the most about dying?

Right now suffocating and having a long painful death

What would your 3 pieces of wisdom be for the those left behind?

Do not be afraid to think beyond what you think is possible in life;  keep up with your friends;   tell the people close to you..children and more that you love them and care for them...tell them this often.

Where would you want your ashes spread?

In Texas and on land and in the air..not the sea.

Top 5 songs to play at your funeral?  

I never promised you a rose Garden-Lynn Anderson;  Ave Maria;  Our Shangri-la Mark Knopfler and Emmy Lou Harris;  Brandenburg Concerto; Ventura Highway-America

Open casket wake? Burial? Cremation?  

Cremation.

If you could live forever, would you want to?

NO...let someone else have space on this earth

Where do you think you go once you die?

Into the ethers of the universe.

If there is a heaven who are 3 people you would like to hang out with there?

A photographer; a writer; and a child

Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes

What are three words you hope people use to describe you when you are gone?

Loyal; Determined;  Adventurous

Biggest regret in life?

So far to date, taking things so hard and struggling to see love where it is and not being satisfied with what I have in front of me. 

Best advice someone gave to you on grief?

Asking the universe to help you through this sad time and letting your sorrow and grief come as it may

What did you find helped you the most?  

Friends and family support helped the most.

If you were to give someone 1 piece of advice on grief what would it be? 

Believe that you are surrounded by your loved ones and that they are still watching out for you...keep your eyes open for small miracles that they send you.