It happens all the time

by Christina on July 9, 2011

“Death is terrifying because it is so ordinary. It happens all the time.” ~Susan Cheever

It’s been some long and hard days, and I have a long weekend ahead… a lot of really sick people and a lot of talking about and preparing for death.

This is something I’m realizing we really need to think about more when we are young and healthy – when we’re able to think about what we would want when the time comes.

What do we want in our last hours and days? Where do we want to die? Who do we want to be around us? What do we want to happen with our bodies? What loose ends do we want to take care of before we die? What do we need to say to people while we’re still here?

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Chris Palmer July 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm

A wonderful post! You are so right. Answering those questions in writing is a very thoughtful, generous, and helpful gift to one’s loved ones.

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John July 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm

So true! Have you read Graceful Exits; How Great Beings Die – By Sushila Blackman? It is funny, light-hearted and poignant, a personal fav I can’t stop giving away…

http://www.amazon.com/Graceful-Exits-Stories-Tibetan-Masters/dp/0834803917

Blackman narrates the death stories of over 100 Tibetan, Hindu, and Zen masters, ancient and modern. The striking element in these accounts is a sense of being fully prepared to meet death.

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Christina July 12, 2011 at 3:13 am

Thank you for the rec, John! I will definitely look into that book 🙂

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Christina July 12, 2011 at 3:17 am

PS just ordered it on amazon!

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