There is a lot of stigma and fear about death. The fear is that if we talk about death, we might invite it to come closer. However, we do not need to be afraid. Make a decision to have a strong mind and a brave heart. Death will come when it comes.
I like to talk and write about death. As a hospice massage therapist, I work with the dying almost every day. Recently, I had one patient that has shown me true grace in the dying process. Darlene was an 86-year-old woman who died of ovarian cancer. Darlene was quiet and reserved. She told me that she liked to sit in her recliner and be quiet. As a devote Christian woman, she would pray too. She did not watch the television or listen to music.
When I asked Darlene about her upcoming death, she said that it was God’s will. She surrendered with peace and grace. She always had a sweet smile and a calm spirit.
I hope that someday, when I approach my death, I will be like Darlene. I want to have true grace. I imagine grace to be like an eagle soaring. Darlene just let death happen. She spread her wings and let go with bravery and dignity.
“And He will raise you up on eagles’ wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of His hand.”
When we die, we put a lot of trust into God (if you are Christian and believe in God). I think we have limited minds, and do not realize our potential as spiritual beings. We will raise up on eagles’ wings.
We are eternal beings. We will have a new life after this one. I think that the new life will either be in a heaven-like realm or a new life through birth. We must have gratitude for the awesomeness of our lives. It is a gift to be alive and healthy.
May you find comfort in these words.