Death and Dying
|We've experienced the loss of loved ones, and thought a great deal about the role of death
and dying in human culture. Through this, we've lost much of our fear about it.
- Think about your life in the context of your death. What's really important?
- If you enjoy living, examine your lifestyle and consider what it's doing to your longevity.
- Sometimes, it's only when faced with death that one learns how to live.
- Once you've learned how to live, the fear of death evaporates. Death is as natural is birth and life. There is no escaping it.
- Only humans fear death. Wonder why that is.
- Watch Flight From Death: The Quest for Immortality. This outstanding feature documentary film was conceived and directed by Patrick Shen and co-produced by Shen and Greg Bennick. Released in DVD, 2005.
- As you age, think about what's important. Then do it!
- Imagine what it'd be like to find you had a terminal illness. Think through what you'd want to do in that case.
- Read the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
- Think early on about how you want to die. Put in place safeguards, arrangements, or plans to ensure that's how it goes when the time comes.
- Make sure you (or your loved one) has a competent advocate when you/they are sick of a terminal illness. Someone who can do research, give advice, question doctors, and offer advice or suggestions for your decision-making process.
- Ask for what you need. Don't hold back because you think you'll owe. People want to help you, and their life will be enriched by being part of your dying.
- Spend time with those who face death, or are dying. Love them and learn from them.
Bill Dillon (KG4QFM)
Pat Watt (KG4QFQ)
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August 9, 2009
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