The information on this page guides you through using some of the anchors from The Design Web to look at how you might create your own Creative Dying Plan. There is no right or wrong way to do this. You might want to work through each of the Web anchors mentioned, or you might prefer to just pick the ones that feel useful to you. Alongside each anchor I've included a mind-map of some of the questions and ideas I used in my own Creative Dying Plan.
The Design Web is a design process devised by Looby Macnamara and is especially suited to people-centred permaculture work. It is described in detail, with many real-life examples, in her book People and Permaculture.
You can also use the Creative Resources page for inspiration and guidance with your Creative Dying Plan.
What do you want yourCreative Dying Plan to look like?
What are your ideals?
What are your wildest dreams relating to your plan (even if right now you aren't sure how to make them happen)?
Would it help you explore your vision if you talked it through with a friend?
Vision ignites hope - would it help you to use art or other creative activity - collage, painting, poetry, music - to explore your vision of how you might want your Creative DyingPlan to look?
What can help you to create your own Creative DyingPlan?
What inner and outer resources and life experiences do you have that could help?
Past experience of being alongside others at the end of their life (both good and challenging)?
What limits and challenges do you have to creating yourCreative DyingPlan? These might include:
The fact that talking about death and dying is generally still a taboo and challenging subject within British culture.
Your own past experiences of the deaths of others.
Having a role as a carer or other experience of serious illness (or any other kind of loss) - these things can make death a difficult subject to think about.
Your own personal levels of confidence and knowledge.
How can you overcome or reframe these limits so they become helps?
Ideas & Actions
Some positive ideas and actions could be:
Explore the Creative Resources page to start finding ideas for making your Creative DyingPlan.
Consider making an online plan (via social media/a website/a blog).
Think about compiling a scrap book/journal/box that can be added to and changed as time goes by.
Make a statement, letter or document (perhaps as an electronic file and printed out and kept with other personal documents).
Consider using a document designed by someone else (there are example formats in some of the links in Creative Resources).
Maybe create your plan with a friend or family member who is also interested in doing the same.
Consider using the services available from Creating Your Plan. I have found that breaking the Plan into three sections is a really useful way to get going with it. These can be entitled: “What I would like to happen in the time (weeks/days/hours) before I die”, "What I would like to happen as I die” and “What I would like to happen after I die”.
Let others know the existence of your Creative Dying Plan and date any amendments/additions. This can really help others with their task of implementing it if you are not able to make your needs known as you approach the end of your life.
How can one or more of the permaculture principles help you to create your Creative DyingPlan?