What is life review, and how can it provide comfort near end of life?

Life review is a self-reflective process in which people approaching death survey and review their lives. It helps create a legacy and makes spiritual meaning of one's life. It’s autobiographical in nature -- a person thinks, talks or writes about the story of his or her life.
Life review can give a sense of spiritual well-being, closure and peace. A person celebrates his or her accomplishments. Things are acknowledged and grieved that didn’t work out as hoped. One can work through unresolved conflicts. Reflecting on past events helps revise and deepen understanding of them. Life review often brings a sense of spiritual well-being, closure and peace.

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