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Death Can Transform How We Live

“Death is a difficult topic, but thinking about it is so worthwhile. Understanding death will transform how we live. We will instinctively know what’s important and what’s not. We will want to cultivate qualities that will make us blossom spirtually and radiate peace and joy for all–and not just in this life, but also in the infinite future.”

Tulku Thondup Rinpoche in an article called “Living Death,” in the May issue of Alternative Medicine: The Art and Science of Healthy Living.

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posted May 2, 2006 at 4:53 am

Just a few weeks ago I wrote to you about how our family was handling the “dying process” of our father. I mentioned that we were indulging him with any food he desired just to get him to eat. We lost Dad on April 14, Palm Sunday. We have a large extended family so everyone was able to have his/her private time alone with Dad. I’m so glad I had that opportunity because it gave me the chance not just to say goodbye, but to bless him for all he was – great family provider, humble,…. I got the chance to ask his forgiveness for anything that I may have done or said that had caused him distress. I sang those old gospel songs he enjoyed so much; I prayed over him; I touched and rubbed him; I encouraged him to go – that his life’s journey was done here. I left my father’s house at 10:00pm Thursday night, and my father died at 2:00 am Friday morning. Dad had a full life, and he was ready to see my mother, for he started calling out her name and talking about her days before his death. This experience, although sorrowful, was one of the most memorable ones I will ever experience. My hope is for all who have to see their loved ones die, that it be as comfortable and calm as it was for our family……I journal; consequently, details are more poignant when written and read. I encourage others to begin your own journals. Memories are precious and ones you want to remember, be them happy or sad. God bless your dad and your family as you make this journey together. Kathryn>

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