Posts Tagged ‘Death and dying’

A last laugh from beyond the grave

October 19, 2019

Hat tip to Rod Dreher.

Shay Bradley was an Irishman who loved jokes and pranks.  He died Oct. 8, but arranged for one last prank at his burial.

The dying are incapable of BS

September 15, 2013

Hospice worker Kathleen Taylor talks about people who really do live each day as if it might be their last, and wonders what it would be like for everyone to live at that level of self-awareness and honesty.

Click on Regrets of the Dying for more on this topic.

Hat tips to Beyond Meds and A Way in the Woods.

The finitude of life

January 7, 2013

Alan Watts in this video calls for acceptance of the fact that life has a beginning and will have an end.  Eternal life is not appealing, he said.  That is true if the afterlife is no more than a continuation of this life.  I agree with the Christian writer C.S. Lewis that all that is necessary for there to be a Hell is eternal life and human nature as it is.   Life is a blessing, so, at least, it has been for me, and a blessing is no less a blessing if it has to come to an end.

Top 5 regrets of the dying

July 10, 2011

I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

I wish I didn’t work so hard.

I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

I wish I had let myself be happier.