Although Randy appears to be VERY positive concerning LIFE and his approaching death I wonder how he feels in his PRIVATE moments. I was watching a performance given by a man whom I think wanted to leave a positive legagy to his family. In reality Death IS a fearful event. There is an emotional condition called, Death Anxiety which many if not most people encounter at different stages of life. Some cope with by using various mental techniques such as, denial, thoughts that they will live forever and if they do die thinking they will be reunited in heaven.
I respect and admire the contents of this video but at the same time would not want to think that normal human reactions to bad circumstances are self defeating and bad.
Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross who was a pioneer in researching the topic of DEATH could not accept her own precepts when she suffered a stroke and was dependent on others for care. There are many books that she wrote where she spoke about how individuals could accept dying when diagnosed with a terminal illness. However, when she experienced her own reality related to the stroke that left her helpless her attitude changed.
I don't know how anyone could be brave when the symptoms of approachimng death
start to interfere with the activties of daily living.....shortness of breath, nausea, experiencing pain etc. I wouldn't want anyone to think that something is emotionally lacking in them because they are not as optomistic as Randy was in his video.
Please don't misinterpret what I have written. As I said before, I respect and admire the fact that Randy made this video and perhaps inspired others to feel less anxiety when faced with death. However, one's outward appearance may differ from the inner one.All of us come to terms with death in different ways.
- 4/28/2010 8:55:44 AM