“You can impact and change someone’s life at any point — even as it is ending. That’s no small thing.”

This is a quote from a rather new (and wonderful) friend of mine, Patty Burgess. Patty is President of Possibility + Founder of Doing Death Differently. Every single conversation I’ve had with Patty about death has brought me slam-bam, straight into this-moment-now, feeling more committed than ever to fully living my life and expressing my love for people.

“When you’re talking about death, it opens up the question of ‘what do you want to experience while you are here,'” says Patty.

How do we want to live? How do we want to love? What kinds of relationships do we foster in this fleeting life of ours? We can’t separate out the conversation of living and dying. They are entwined, like two trees that have grown together over the decades, a beautiful messy tangle.

Last week I recorded a short talk with Patty so I could introduce you to her and bring you into this conversation. In a short-but-juicy, 25-minute audio, Patty and I open up this very essential conversation. We sure cover a lot of great territory in less than a half hour. I hope you’ll give a listen!

Here’s to celebrating one another ’til the very last breath,

P.S. After you listen to my conversation with Patty, I sure would love to hear what you think. Please comment below. Or, if you are reading this via email and do not have a Facebook account, you can respond via email.

P.P.S: If you want to listen to the conversation on your smart phone or ipod, you can download it and listen later.