Something interesting I came across from Mitch Albot's 'Tuesdays with Morrie'. It's a great read.
How can you ever be prepared to die?
"Do what the Buddhists do. Every day, have a little bird on your shoulder that asks,"Is today the day? Am I ready? Am I doing all I need to do? Am I being the person I want to be?"
He turned his head to his shoulder as if the bird were there now.
"Is today the day to die?" he said.
...."The truth is Mitch,"he said "Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live".