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An Open Letter To Mr. Death

Updated on February 20, 2013

“Death, be not proud, though some have called thee

Mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so….”

John Donne

GOOD DAY TO YOU SIR!

Another weekend has passed and with it millions of people have left this life. That’s as it should be. We are born, we live, we die. The natural order of things for sure, and I have no complaints about it. We all know what we are getting into as we live our lives. We all realize that the end will come, for us and our loved ones, and not a one of us can say we were not warned.

Mr. Death, I know you are just doing your job, and I really have no argument with the job you do, but I don’t want you thinking for a second that you have won. I can picture you sitting on your throne, gloating over the taking of another person, racking up the numbers by the millions each day, and smiling your dark smile.

But there is no reason for you to smile because, you see, you cannot win this battle. While you sit there smugly adding the tally, we, the living, know something you do not realize…..our loved ones never truly die.

All gone and yet.....
All gone and yet..... | Source

COUNTING MY LOSSES

By the time I was fifteen I had lost all of my grandparents. When I was twenty my dad died, and nine years ago you took my mother. My sister died six years ago and I’m sure you found some satisfaction in taking that lovely woman, and I have no doubt you laughed when you took my fiancé a month before we were to be married back in 1997. Great timing on that one. You got your ounce of flesh for sure when she died, and you will be happy to know that it shook me to my core and left me questioning what life is all about. Score one for you!

You did not stop with just family members, though, as you reached your icy hand into my collection of friends. Some died by natural causes; some died at their own hand; all were mourned and all are missed, and I’m sure you lifted a toast at their passing.

....they still live in this author
....they still live in this author | Source
and in my son
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THERE IS SOMETHING YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We humans are an interesting species. Our lives are comprised of so much more than flesh and blood. We are the sum total of all our experiences. We are love and compassion, empathy and pathos, and you may be able to reach out and snatch our corporeal lives, but you will never be able to snatch the memories and impressions that we leave behind.

Every single time I reach out a hand to help another person, my father lives. Every single time I smile at a stranger, my mother lives. My grandmother's unshakable belief in God; my grandfather's refusal to give up; my sister's love of family; every single time I share love I am sharing the love given to me by those who lived their lives and had an impact on mine.

This is where you fail, Mr. Death. You cannot erase the lasting impressions of our loved ones simply by bringing to an end their breathing. You are a smug and heartless bastard who will always lose in this conflict, simply because love is stronger than death, and memories are passed down from one generation to the next in a continuing celebration of life….in a continuing celebration of life!

How do you feel now Mr. Death, knowing that despite your best efforts you can never truly take our loved ones away from us?

A song that will always touch my heart

WE KNOW YOUR TRUE NATURE

You are like the schoolyard bully who beats on kids for their lunch money. You go home and count your daily gains, and you find satisfaction in the counting of coins, and yet, during your quiet, alone times, you realize that what you truly need, namely, admiration and respect, will always be just outside of your grasp.

You can never take my loved ones. They are in my heart and soul and they always will be, and I have told their stories to my son, and they reside in his heart and soul as well. How can you defeat that? You have no defense against the most important human possession, namely love.

We humans are so unique that we can even find importance in the life of a person we never knew, further complicating your little, myopic world. Gandhi will never die, nor will Lincoln, Mother Theresa and millions of others who have taught us important lessons about life. The homeless man who smiled and prayed for me when I gave him a dollar will never die. The thousands of children that I taught during my teaching career will never die, and the tens of thousands of strangers who were kind to me during my lifetime will never die.

You are a weak, pathetic creature and we defeat you each and every day.

How do you like that you thug?

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AND HOW ABOUT AFTER DEATH

There are millions of us who believe that even after death we just move on to a spiritual life, and if that is true then you are the ultimate fool, because not only do we continue to live in the minds of our loved ones, but we continue to live spiritually after death. Now what do you think of your power? Is that smirk disappearing as you read this?

Here is what I know of bullies: they must be confronted and called out for what they are. You are a bully, Sir! You bring fear into the hearts of man, and you leave a trail of grief wherever you go, and you find great satisfaction in doing so.

Well I stand before you and say that you are ineffectual in your attempts to shatter my happiness, and I refuse to give you any power over my life.

Bring it on, Mr. Death, but until you do I’m going to keep doing what humans do. I’m going to keep living and I’m going to keep loving. I’m going to keep spreading the message of brotherhood, and with each act that I do I will build that bond stronger and stronger, so that when my day comes, and you call on me, I will laugh in your face and tell you that, like all human beings, my memory is immortal and you cannot truly kill me.

How do you like that you punk?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Loved this Bill and you really just put it quite perfectly to your letter with death. I must say this was so unexpected, but again just truly awesome. Have, of course, voted way up and shared, too!!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      What a great way to start a day. Bill, a standing ovation for this one. Mr. Death is a bully and once we overcome our fear of him, we are truly free. You are free my friend. Really free. I have no fear of this creep either, for all the reasons that you have so clearly stated. He will gain no power from me. What a creative way to express your truth. I loved it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, unexpected? I'm trying to live my advice to others and step out of my comfort zone. :) I'm glad it was unexpected. Thank you for your kind words and the sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, I have no doubt that death holds no mystery or fear for you. As you said, when we are free then things like this have no meaning. Live life to the fullest....live life with love....and die with a smile on your face. Thank you my dear friend.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      "We are the sum total of all our experiences." I love the way you pointed out how different things we do are a living legacy to our loved ones. How true! Every mother is proud when her child accomplishes something or remembers what she taught them...and if she has died, we continue her legacy by doing those things. We keep a part of our loved ones with us everywhere we go and in everything we do.

      A beautiful letter to death...yes, beautiful, because it points out the faith and joy of the living.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I think over the years I had to come to an understanding about death. I had to let go of the grieving and start to celebrate the lives of some incredible people who loved me and taught me. :) Thank you for your comment. Have a great Wednesday!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wow bill this is a awesome hub on death.. it hurts when we lose our loved ones .. but we know death has to come.. like you said they live through us.. we just need to make sure we are prepared.. that sounds impossible sometimes.. but knowing Jesus helps me my dear.

      I am linking this hub to my hub ITS A SAD SAD DAY..

      http://hubpages.com/hubtool/edit/3566044

      bless you my friend

      debbie

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      I cannot think of a better way to deal with death than live life with love and compassion which you are doing my friend.

      Voted up and away and sharing

      Have a PIPO day :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, I'm not sure we are ever prepared for that moment when it comes, but as you say we can do everything possible to be ready. Put our personal house in order and live life to the fullest until that day.

      Thank you for the link and again, you have my sympathies.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, thank you for the visit my friend. I'm sending you an extra supply of PIPO for your day. :)

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Bill, My Dear,

      This piece is so passionate, as I am listening to Sarah right now. This shouts loudly of legacy and the positive impact you and those you love have left on this world...

      Beautiful and inspirational... Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      KittHill 4 years ago

      I think of death as a lonely, sad soul stuck with a job that makes so many people hate him. If he was sadistic I don't think anyone would go peacefully. Maybe he truly hates his job, but has no choice. Your story is sad and you have lost so many. But as you know, the living go on until it is their time.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      How true Bill! People and those we love are kept alive in memories and though they do not exist physically are very much a part of our life.

      Fantastic letter to Mr Death to go mind his business while we go on loving and leaving memories that will last forever.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria my dear, you will be leaving an incredible legacy of love for your fellow man and woman. Compassion is your middle name and I am proud to be your friend.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi KittHill; nice to see you again. Sad story....perhaps...but I am not sad. I celebrate the lives I have been lucky enough to have known. This is really a hub about celebration and love. :) Thank you for stopping by.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Say no to dark forces. Great letter...the dark is something we should not fear.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wonderful write here, Bill!

      Yes, not one is guaranteed a tomorrow, and we can celebrate each day in remembering those who have gone on by celebrating their life here and the legacy they have left behind. I never knew my grandparents. My beautiful grandmother on my mother's side left this earth at a young age, well young to me, as she died from lung cancer. My sweet mother, who I was so blessed to have for 84 years, just left this earth four days after her birthday, which was five days before this past Christmas. She will never be forgotten and her precious memory and legacy will live on forever on our hearts.

      Thank you for this profound write here this day.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      A life that touches others in a positive way... is a life not only worth living but a life that progresses into a certain immortality... certainly it seems that your parents live on in the wonderful human being that you are, and they set the foundation for

      Those moments we have spent with those we love are God's gifts to us... and we had those wonderful memories and those will last forever

      This is a wonderful hub, and it makes me think of my grandmother...whose gone but definitely so near me at times

      Bless you Bill !!!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Beautiful. That really puts life and death in perspective.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, thank you. Life is for the living, but the dead who left before us are living within us each and every day. I find great comfort in that. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MIchelle, never again will I fear the dark or death. I rejoice in the lives that have passed. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I have spent my time mourning, and I have spent my time celebrating those who I loved...I now prefer to celebrate their lives. They would want me to and I will honor their wishes.

      Thank you dear lady.

      love and blessings today and always,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, thank you! It took me a great number of years to realize the wisdom in celebrating rather than mourning. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Laurinzo, thank you Sir! Yes, your grandmother lives in you. God's gift to us...I like that. We are blessed to spend time with our loved ones and yes, they may leave us, but we can still choose to celebrate the time we shared.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      A powerful message. I can feel the passion and love as I'm reading this. You're right! Love is so much stronger than death.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Usually we need to mourn before we can celebrate. Death is hard, and it sounds like you have had more than your share of it. But I really like your attitude about it now.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, I'll stand on the side of love any old day, as I know you will as well.

      Thank you dear friend and have a great day in Florida.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I have had my share, but we all do eventually. It's all life, and it's all for us to learn from, and thankfully I have finally reached a stage in my life where I am willing to learn. :)

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I love your attitude! Live, laugh, love and kick Mr. Death in the teeth! That says it all. Bravo. Voted Way Up, and still applauding! Excellent, my friend.

      Pearl

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, thank you as always! Life is for living and yes, we remember our loved ones who have passed on, but let's remember them for the joy they gave us and not for the sadness left behind. :)

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      There is a song by the Cocteau Twins where Elizabeth Fraser sings "I feel perpetual" and that was her singing about giving birth and her feelings when she looked at her daughter and heard her cry and saw her smile and that realisation that she 'is' forever even when she's gone - we make connections throughout life and we love and are loved and so yes, we exist in the hearts and minds of our family, our kids and our friends even when we've left the earth forever. Death takes us but only in the physical sense .

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Julie! I love the example you gave and I'll have to look up that song you mentioned. I appreciate you dropping by my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Death only survives within itself. It has outlasted even what it once loved. To me, that is the cruelest fate of all...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, that's an interesting reflection. Now I have something to think about the rest of the afternoon. :) Thanks!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      really interesting hub. I would never think to showcase writing by using this sort of perspective. I thank you alot this hub has inspired me to express myself more and to really be more open-minded. voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      torrilynn, this is actually my normal style of writing, my unique voice if you will. I write other hubs to earn an income, but this type of writing is what I love to do. :) I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill, I think you scared the h--- out of the Devil. Way to go..Loved it and i agree, memories are ours to keep....

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I don't really see "Mr. Death", Bill, as anyone other than our creator...one in the same. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh...I guess if I were to "blame" anyone for death, it would be the humanness of Adam and Eve. To that I would quote "He who lives in a glass house..." God, apparently, was the original instigator of "Tough Love."

      As far as death being part and parcel of life, none of us ask to be born. I wonder, sometimes, if life would be chosen by those children who die early from cancer or those born with disabilities that either take them early or compromise their participation in life for the duration. Would the parents of children who only know suffering still bring them into the world? Each one of us is born and dies at God's will. All we can do is make the most of the moment we are in. The miracle is that most human beings are built with a spirit to withstand the inevitable; devastating loss and terrible suffering, to experience intense hope, joy, love, and gratitude for life. Death is but a part of the journey in life. I know the spirit of my dad lives on in the same way you recognize your mom and dad, Bill. And, if it's fact that our creator loves us enough to have sacrificed his son for our redemption, it follows that we are loved beyond even the greatest love we've ever experienced in our human lives here on earth, and eternity, then, is a certainty. Love from St. Lou to you

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, there is no taking those memories away....well, unless dementia sets in and then all bets are off. Thank you and I hope the Devil took a step back. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I of course agree with you, Amy! I would be a fool not to. :) As for Mr. Death, it was just my way of pointing out to some people who recently lost loved ones that the memory will go on forever, that we never really lose our loved ones, and to hold onto those memories and smile in gratitude for having spent time with them.

      I'll be saving a spot for you in eternity my friend. Then we can meet as friends and have a wonderful chat.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great message Bill. We do live on in the people that we have touched. The more people we touch, the greater our legacy. Wonderful hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Bill! I always appreciate your words.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, this is a side of you I've not seen my friend! Hooray for you. I'm very sorry to have learned about your fiancee. I think this is the first time you've mentioned that.

      You have overcome so much in your life. I salute you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'm pushing the envelope. Can't rest on whatever laurels I might have. Constantly trying to find new ways. Thank you and hell, Sha, we all overcome much. :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      OMG! I love this hub so much Bill! You see, I miss HP a lot and its beautiful people. I wish there's wi-fi at 37 thousand feet! Now, back on the ground for few days and fingers clicking on the keyboard... I am so pleased to have read this. I know I've missed a lot of good hubs but I'm finding it hard to catch up on sleep and life in general much more on reading (: Anyway, the inevitable "death"...what a topic to discuss but you wrote it so eloquently and with an open mind.

      Very powerful Bill! I can feel it! Well, not the death but the enthusiasm to defeat it! I like your perspective in life.

      Excellent! You definitely have my vote for this and absolutely passing it along!

      Love from the sky~

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Mixed feelings on reading this hub...first came the tears then the thumbs up...yeah!!

      Bring it on, punk cause I am a strong being and I live each day to the fullest.

      Beautiful letter, indeed

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, sorry about the tears, but all is well in my world. I have wonderful memories of a loving family and that is a gift that keeps on giving. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, you have been missed young lady. Welcome home! I can't imagine being gone for days and then trying to catch up on HP. It would be impossible. So I thank you for taking the time to read my hub, and for your kind words. Take care of you and get some rest.

      love,

      bill

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up and Awesome. I'm thinking of the years between her stroke and her death that I cared for my mother. One pastime was to pull her wheelchair up to the table and bring the box of family photos to look at together. She could only vocalize and could not talk. When I watched her hold a photo of her grandmother--about whom I knew nothing--to her heart with an expression of love and adoration, that added to my awareness of the parents, grandparents, aunts, cousins, and so on who by example helped shape her into a person of strong will, firm principle, and big heart.

      I don't see death as a bully, or as anthropomorphic. Fruitflies die. Alewife die. Tree leaves die. Trees die. Pets die. Humans die, sometimes by the thousands. Is self-awareness then turned off like a burned-out light bulb? Or continue? With what lost and what gained? I wonder.

      Whether it's for a brief time or for eternity, "this little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine."

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian no, Death is not a bully, but for the hub I wanted to portray it as such. What comes next? I guess you and I will both find out sooner rather than later. Should be a great adventure.....or not. :)

      Thank you my friend.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      I love this approach. I think it makes me feel better about death to know that our loved ones are always with us. This hub reminds me of the hub I wrote about my perspective on poetry. If you don't mind, I am going to add a link in mine to this hub. Beautiful work.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a beautiful and creative hub, Bill. I love your attitude towards Mr. Death!!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      "That we may be prepared to welcome death, not as a grim tyrant, but as a kind messenger, sent to translate us..." - Freemasons. Words good enough for George Washington.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      After getting back home from a few days out of town I found this..Wow is all I can see. With all your writing and I think you are a master..really. This one hit home. We all know death is part of life but so hard to face and we are left with so many memories..Not always good but they are there. As we are getting older we do tend to think about our mortality. Thanks for digging into your soul to write this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donnah, that is nice of you to link this and no, I don't mind. I appreciate your words about this. Death holds no mystery for me, but it does hold great memories.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia! I've seen death too many times to be in awe of it, or to spend too much time mourning. I'm just trying to find some perspective to it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I like that, Martin. Thank you, although as I recall, Washington liked slavery too. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, welcome back! I hope the break helped you and you are rested and fresh. I appreciate your kind words about my writing. I'm just trying to push the envelope and go to places that may not be pleasant. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Well Billy, you really told him, didn't you?... take that!... you Grim Reaper; :)

      On the serious side, there is only one thing we can be sure of in this life, and that is, we will one day die. You are right, the people we love are always with us, they live in our hearts and our memories and if we are lucky, we meet them again in dreams. Maybe there is life after death; I don't know about that. But I do know we should live and love to the full, so we'll never need to say after someone have gone, I wish I'd held you tighter or told you this or that. See; you've got me going again. :)). Just keep holding tight.

      As always Jo.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I happen to agree strongly with what you just wrote. I have no idea if there is an afterlife; I could make myself crazy just thinking about it. I prefer to just love to the best of my ability and squeeze every ounce of living out of this life. I'll take my chances when I'm gone.

      Thank you my friend; I'll be by your site shortly.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Nice one, Bill. You're best yet, I think.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, that is high praise and I thank you! I'm not sure I really think Death is a bully, but the hub was supposed to tie into the first quote so I ran with it. :)

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      sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Memories do take some of death's sting away but using those memories to pay tribute to a life softens the bitterness death brings and then love really is triumphant. Proof of this is witnessed by 1366 followers and then some. Awesome hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sweethearts, thank you so much and I agree with you, paying tribute and celebrating the life of the deceased is the only way to go. I am so thankful for those who came before me who taught me so many lessons about life.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      So true, Bill, death has no power over life. You have brought out deep thoughts in this one that will help many to understand what "life" is all about.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, a little reflecting never hurt anyone. :) Certainly not me.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I am so sorry for all your losses, you have had your fair share, more than most. I lost my husband three years ago, it turned my world upside down. Otherwise, have been very lucky as I still have my mom and dad and all siblings. I hear the anger in you voice, poignant and sad. I'm one of those who does believe in life after death. Even more so after my husband went back home to the light from where we came. In his unique way, he has made sure to let me know that he's watching over us. God bless you, Kathi

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathi, a horrible loss for sure and I am sorry you had to experience it. I love the way you have come to terms with it, though, which is the only healthy way to handle a loss of that magnitude. God bless you as well my new friend.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An intelligently written & thought-provoking letter! You are absolutely right that nothing can overpower love, not even death. Love triumphs above all. Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & shared on Facebook

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ishwaryaa....how nice to see you my friend. I hope you have been well. Thank you for taking the time to visit me.

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