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Celebrating death

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Life is a terminal condition. None of us get out of this world alive.

Death, dying, and grief aren’t the most popular topics in our society.

Each of us entered this world through the doorway called birth, and each of us will depart via the doorway called death.

So much surrounding death is misunderstood, and remains a mystery. We try to sanitize it, to make it more comfortable, wanting to move quickly onto more pleasant topics.

The fact is, while death is natural, it is hard because it represents loss. It’s an unavoidable fact.

Grief expert Alan Wolfelt captured it so beautifully when he wrote, “grief is love’s twin.”We grieve because we have loved.

As a nurse, minister, and hospice volunteer, I’ve become comfortable in conversations about death, dying, and grief. I’ve learned so much, as I choose to move closer when the topic arises.

While I don’t want my family to get stuck in grief, I sure hope I’ve made enough of a difference that they’ll miss me and be sad........

© Castanet