Well let’s talk Death shall we?…


Angel-Bill Brouard

Going through open-heart surgery and at one point being asked “how do you feel about getting on a heart replacement list?”  One’s mind cannot help but race to and through all the possibilities, including that of death.

Probably no other topic has more charge to it, fear associated with it, stories grown up around it than this big question.  I, like many skated over the topic in my early years, saw my share of funerals, heard talks, experienced media and Hollywood that have turned death into an Xbox gaming experience

The following lines come from the home page of a  website called “Life Beyond Death”

“Every day, some 80,000 people die on Earth. In another 80 years, nearly everyone who’s on Earth today will be gone. It can happen at any time, to anybody. Are you ready if it happens today?

Most of us live in denial, as if death will never come. But sooner or later, death comes to everybody. And with it come a number of urgent questions. Is there life after death…or an afterlife? What’s the point of life and death and how can we make sense of it all?

Most of us only begin to ask these questions towards the end, when the certainty of death can no longer be ignored. By that time, we may be caught by surprise and ill-equipped to deal with the situation at hand. A perfectly natural, and even beautiful stage of life may be overcast with fear and confusion.

Why wait ’til the end? Why not ask these questions now, while there’s time to make a serious inquiry? We might discover something completely unexpected. What if our fear of death is unfounded? What if death is not an enemy, but an essential part of life?
What if, as Walt Whitman says, “to die is different from what anyone supposed, and luckier.”?

I would encourage those that are interested in this topic to pay a little time to check it out, it is a wealth of information and compassion put down in a loving, simple template.

—- Paul



Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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