Death At A Closer Look

Death and dying are subjects people like to avoid. Our own funeral plans tend to be placed at the bottom of our agenda. Yes, death is a unpleasant experience. we all have to face.

I have been through many deaths and have been in the room with people taking their last breath. Nothing has ever touched my life as did the passing of a dear friend this spring 2012.

My friend was diagnosed with cancer only a few months prior to his death. After a round of chemo he decided to throw in the towel. No more chemo, IVs or pain meds.

After being released from the hospital he was sent to a hospice house where he lived his last few days.

Unlike other people I had watched pass away who were lethargic not fully aware what was happening.

My friend knew he was going to die at any minute. As I looked at him I was saturated with emotions I had never felt before. He was aware and alert of everything and everyone in the room. I was amazed of how much alive he was, but yet so close to death.

He was joking around, laughing, talking. He even wanted to watch a movie, So strange. Alive and talking one minute, the next stroke of the clock he enters eternity..

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