Death is part of life

by Christina on April 13, 2011

“Physicians are trained that death is failure. Our entire western system of hospital-based training tells us to avoid letting people die. This is not the same in other parts of the world where death is considered a natural occurrence, not a feared event.

These conversations make physicians feel like failures, especially if the diagnosis is a bad one. I am encouraging my colleagues to relax this concept and realize that death is a part of life. This is not an easy task as most physicians have been indoctrinated towards life “over all” for many years. If death is failure, then we fail royally every day!”

~Lee Lipsenthal

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John April 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm

As children we look forward to leaving home by dreaming of our life after living with our family of origin, to colleges, jobs, relationships,, and when our children dream of leaving home we also share their dreams of the life after,,, and as we approach an understanding of death most people ( take on a delusion of understanding what is after,, with very little dialog of what must be one of our life’s biggest unknowns, and a fear of thinking that it is a real possibility that death is just a “Maha Ending”. It seems our nature is to overcome our fears by looking forward to something we judge as a good event, and avert from the discomfort of an unknown. Vipassana seems to highlight this effect where we let go of future goodness to continually be in each present moment, which is at first, very uncomfortable, but eventually becomes freeing and joyfull…Our yogic principle of searching for Satya (Truth) encourages us to search these things out… It seems that expanding our awareness of what death possibly means, may actually increase our respect for, and therefore joy of life,, and help to fulfill our quest to respect the beauty of each moment in this life…We can only feel great respect and compassion for those healers and caregivers reaching out to help the ill, and risk taking on this uncomfortable world of uncertainty that we seldom embrace…Guruji would often inspire by saying in his very cute Kannada accent “No Fearing!” Thank you for this important vibe of awareness…


Christina April 19, 2011 at 12:10 am

John, thank you for this. I’ve been thinking a lot about what you wrote. Yes, we are all so afraid of the unknown, and yes, we do many different things to distract ourselves from being here now. Thank you for your thoughts and your presence…


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