The 7 Things Houseplants Taught Me About Death Acceptance

Is taking care of plants the most death positive hobby?

Houseplants can teach us death acceptance/Beyond the Dash
Houseplants can teach you a lot about life and death — even if you kill them.

1. Death happens, and there’s often no one to blame.

2. Life is often made from death.

3. Beauty is a process.

4. We are all continually in a state of life and death.

Taking care of plants can ease death anxiety/Beyond the Dash
Taking care of plants can ease death anxiety/Beyond the Dash
Raising plants can’t protect you from grief, but it can help put your own approach to mortality into perspective. (Getty Images)

5. The more you love, the more you’ll grieve.

6. Death is good for plants — and people too!

7. Knowing what happens after death helps — a lot.

The more plants you have, the more you’ll kill/Beyond the Dash
The more plants you have, the more you’ll kill/Beyond the Dash
Dead plants offer us perspective on living and dying, in a way that can be easier to process emotionally. (Getty Images)

For those in the back: Death positivity offers no protection from bereavement.

Editor, blogger, orphan, grief analyst and plant parent.

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