Category: Death

  • Grieving for ourselves

    The first time I had general anesthesia for surgery, I was sure I was going to die. I looked for my life insurance information, began to compose in my head final letters to my family, dug around in my clutter to discard embarrassing items(!), and gave last cuddles to our cats. OK, so I didn’t […]

  • “Rage against the dying of the light?” or “Let go?”

    Time, like an ever-rolling stream, Soon bears us all away; We fly forgotten, as a dream Fades at the opening day. –-Issac Watts, 1719; alt It used to annoy me when someone use “passed away” for “died.” I am glad to say I have come to see that everyone can, and maybe should, use any […]

  • I will die? Wait, what?

    Do you remember the first time you realized that you would die? It happened to me when I was in my 20’s. Why? I don’t know but it caused such a rush of adrenaline that I spent the next few minutes in panic mode. Facing this ultimate, unchangeable fact is an emotional and spiritual challenge […]