I’m just going to be extremely blunt with you. You’re going to DIE, and you should consider yourself damn LUCKY!
WHAT!! You think I’m crazy! OHHH!!! What did I tell you about using foul language?!! If you’re so cool, why don’t you threaten DEATH with some BAD WORDS, and make it run away?!!
Not so simple, IS IT??
According to most people, death isn’t a topic worth discussing. It’s not like you’re going to sit in a bar, sip an ice-cold beer, and frivolously discuss the END OF YOUR LIFE.
Yeah man…death is so radical. I just can’t wait to close my eyes, and check out for good.
And in case, you ever do say such a thing, you’ll most probably be checked into an asylum before you actually DIE.
But why is DEATH looked down upon? Why does this word carry such a heavy burden? How come talking about DEATH is such an uncomfortable situation?
Isn’t death just the opposite of birth?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, death is defined as the ‘end of the life of a person or organism’.
Yeah, that makes sense. Death is the end of EVERYTHING, at least in this world. And right now, all I’m concerned about IS this world. When a person’s life isn’t complete without birth and death, then why is death frowned upon so much?
What’s so GRIM about this natural phenomenon?
WELL…firstly, death isn’t associated with anything joyful. Losing a loved one is a tragic incident. It’s not like you’re going to be cracking jokes at your grandma’s funeral.
Knock Knock…who’s there…Grandma Rose…uh-oh, not anymore!! (SERIOUSLY??!!)
Secondly, death is the fear of the unknown. No one really knows what happens hereafter! Yes, there are countless theories regarding the endless journey of the soul. But how many people have actually died and verified this assumption?
Yeah! No one, I guess. Unless you can still see and talk to Grandma Rose. (WEIRDO!)
On the other hand, birth is all about joy, excitement, and a really pink and shriveled baby. (EWWWW!!)
DEATH is just as important and necessary as BIRTH. If you’ve been given a life, it’ll eventually be taken from you. Of course, you can have it for some time, but it’s not yours to keep. It’s a luxury that you can use according to your own wants and needs, but it must be returned when the TIME COMES.
Death may be the END, but life would be miserable without it.
Let’s take a BRISK look at 10 reasons that make DEATH absolutely NECESSARY.
1. You need to make space for more people
2. The human body is pre-programmed to die
3. No one’s going to care whether you’re still around
4. Nature’s balance must be maintained
5. Genetic evolution depends on your death
6. Your mind can only adapt to a certain extent
7. Survival depends upon your strength and agility
8. Most of the people you know are long gone
9. Death adds value to life
10. Grief gives way to joy and closure
As soon as the word DEATH hits our senses, we automatically visualize the GRIM REAPER waiting to grab us, and lead us towards the doors of NO RETURN.
Yet, it is this very threshold that offers us a step towards LIBERATION.
Human life isn’t meant to be IMMORTAL. Its charm and importance lies in its mortality.
So the next time, you hear about DEATH, don’t cringe or sneer. It’s an inevitable truth that must be faced with great strength and little fear.
Our body dies but our Spirit and Soul lives forever.
Yes, there’s much more to life and death than meets the eye. Thank you 🙂
Oh, sorry my finger slipped. I meant to add: Terveen, this is a good subject. Well written. You can’t ignore Death, hoping that it will go away.
That is the truth 🙂 Thank you so much.
A touch topic to write about..or to read about, depending on the person lol. I find that I need to write about death..and some simply aren’t ready to read what I write and that’s OK. Anyway, hope you’re doing well. -Matt.
Death isn’t something people like to read about it. Maybe reminds them of the inevitable. But I think it’s a part of every individual, aren’t we all headed that way?
Expressing truths, whether tough or easy, is freedom.
Not saying that we should sit down and go on and on about it, but we must acknowledge it. Thanks for opening up about this. And hope all’s well with you too. 🙂
I think you and I are in agreement. I enjoy studying my thoughts on death and I’m comfortable going down that path. Enjoy your truths 😊
Covid has certainly focused people’s minds on death more then usual, perhaps on the importance of making that moment dignified. It’s all we can do as we cannot help our loved ones on the other side. My husband had terminal cancer and died last year, thankfully at home, avoiding the upsetting hospital isolation dramas. He was happy at home the last months not seeing anyone as we had to stay isolated. Not a person with any faith he wanted no funeral and had no fears, slept a lot and didn’t talk much. It’s not like the movies – dramatic death bed scenes! I expect a lot of patients are not with it at all in the last few days. I was there, along with the Marie Curie night nurse. He had already seen all the family at various times and my daughter is convinced that when she said ‘I’ll be back on Thursday’ he made sure he died on Wednesday night! The actual moment, even though he was unconscious, was a definite switching off – one of my first thoughts was ‘That’s clever, how did you do that!’ My next thought was the miracle of life is that it can be switched off.
Thank you for sharing this. Death is a transition, more for the ones left behind. Covid has made the situation even grimmer. It’s difficult to openly talk about it. I know death isn’t what movies and stories make it out to be. You have to wear the shoes and walk the path to know how to deal with it. But acceptance is inevitable. I hope you heal and gather your strength.
well written Terveen.. and to sum it up..all i can say is that
death smiles at us all and all we can do is smile back 😉
I like how you’ve framed this. No doubts about it at all! Thanks so much! 🙂
I love your writing style, upfront with great touches of humor….a terrific take on a terrible topic.
Thank you so much, Dianne. I believe a dash of humor makes the unbearable more acceptable. 🙂
It is all that getting used to the person that makes it hard for us to let go. Love is also painful that way. I loved how you created an avenue for us to accept death in our lives.
Thank you so much, Shobana! Death is never easy to deal with. It seems as though parts of us depart with the person who has passed on. But it’s an inevitable reality we will all deal with eventually. Yes, love is quite similar in pain and heartache. 🙂
Thank you, Terveen.
Sorry, but what happens after this life is not just a theory. One DID die and rose from the dead to show us that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Any serious investigation will come up to the realization that Jesus really did die and live again. And THAT changes everything.
I appreciate your words and the faith behind them. Belief is what sees us through the toughest of times. It is so important. Thanks for reading and take care. 🙂
I delayed reading this as long as possible because I am a procrastinator when it comes to death. Death needs to put you on the payroll as a publicist or attorney!
Haha! Thank you so much, Geoff. Yeah, I think we’re all procrastinators when it comes to death. It’s inevitable but no one wants to agree to that. Let’s live the best we can. 🙂
This is a beautiful post because it’s all true! My father was 90 years and suffering from Alzheimer’s when he died of COVID. I had been praying to God to take him because he was so clearly suffering. My aunt was furious at me for “wishing he was dead.” But she was 92, so I think she was scared about dying herself.
I’m so sorry for your loss. But it’s so difficult to see a loved one suffering. And imagine what they must be going through. There’s nothing wrong in praying for the release of a soul in pain. And you’re right about your aunt. She’s scared about her own mortality. Thank you for taking out time to read and share your thoughts and feelings with me. I greatly appreciate it. Take care. 🙂
Thank you, same to you!
“As you know, life is not always something to hang on to. Our good does not consist merely in living but in living well. Hence the wise person lives as long as he ought to, not as long as he can.” – Seneca, Letters on Ethics 70.4
Death is part of the circle of life.
Indeed, it is. Thank you so much. 🙂
Gettin’ old ain’t for chickens! The truth is no one cares about your aches and pains, so shut the f$%^ up and get on with life! Keep moving and make them chase you until you can’t run another step.
When death catches up, you will have the last laugh, looking into it’s face and knowing you didn’t win the race, but you made it sweat!
I couldn’t agree with you more, Brenda. It’s time we take our lives and mortalities into our own hands. Make it matter till it lasts and do the best you can for yourself. There shouldn’t be any regrets at the end. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Appreciate your wit and courage! 🙂