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End of Life Issues

Monday, January 07, 2013

We are all going to die. No one wants to heat that statement. Most of us don't even believe it. We believe there will be a "cure" for death before our time comes. How weird our society is about death. Other cultures talk of it openly. Here we deny it. We have other names for it such as "passed", "went to a better place", "now at rest", etc. We rarely say die or death.

Regardless of our spiritual beliefs, I think this is an unhealthy situation. To deny reality cannot be good for the life choices we have to make. When someone confronts their mortality, a whole new set of priorities emerge quickly. What matters most becomes apparent - usually these are things quite different than our daily "priorities". How did our lives become so out of touch with reality?

I have a friend who is facing death now. His current wisdom surpasses that of just a few weeks ago. Seeing an end to life has changed him. In some ways, it has opened his eyes.

I pray for him and I pray for us. We are the ones who are still trying to deny reality.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TEDYBEAR2838 3/3/2013 7:21PM

    I know it would change each of us as that time comes.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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MSGRANNYMAE 2/22/2013 7:15PM

    "God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without
rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light
for the way.


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HEATHERSCOTTTN 1/15/2013 10:38PM

    I use to be a volunteer for Hospice. It was a special thing to be part of those precious final days, all the memories and emotions. Sad and difficult and yet, a natural part of life is death. Sometimes I felt like God had kept them here for what He was doing in the lives of friends and family. Difficult things :( Praying for your friend.

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NEWMEN2013 1/14/2013 7:00AM

    Sounds like your friend is handling things better than most. Presume that he knows the Lord and is at peace as his eternity is secure. Really, that is all any of us can ask for.
May you be a comfort to him in the time he has left. None of us really know how much time we have left on this side of life, so let's make a difference whenever we can.

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