Life and death live side by side in mother cultures. Not so in the industrialized world. We do everything in our power to avoid death, both the mini-deaths of a life well-lived, like willingly letting go of old attitudes, and the larger deaths like that of our youthful appearance as we age. The emergence of Death Doulas is a positive sign to me. It signifies a movement in the direction of our greatest teacher and second most important moment of our life, the first being our birth.