Lessons from Death

1 Sep 2015

Everyday, we live as if our lives will go on forever. Death seems misleadingly remote. Clearly, death can affect anyone, anytime. We are constantly reminded of this reality through news about natural disasters, terrorist attacks, accidents, etc. However, we continue to assume that these will not affect us. While it may not be healthy to be looming under the shadow of death, having a clear perspective on death may help us live more meaningful lives.

Although death remains a taboo subject, there seems to be increasing awareness of this issue. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom is my all time favorite book. Mitch Albom recounted his final conversations with his sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz dying from a deteriorating condition, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. It’s a beautiful book with important life lessons. I will leave you to read the book and would like to share some personal reflections on death…

Life is Finite. Death reminds us that our time on earth is limited. This is a critical realization that we are aware of, but somehow lose sight of it when we are preoccupied with various demands in life. This awareness helps us to evaluate what we are doing. Will you do things differently, if you know that you have 1 day, week, month or year left?

Life is Unpredictable. Death can strike anyone, anytime. Evidently, no victims expect to perish in a plane crash, terrorist bomb, road traffic accidents… If today is your last day on earth, do you have any unfinished business? E.g., have you written your will, thanked or apologized to a significant other…

No Health, No Life. There is often a sense of regrets for not being more health conscious when someone is diagnosed with a serious illness. Illnesses not only bring physical pain and suffering, they often have the potential to affect all aspects of life, relationships, work, leisure… Therefore, illnesses have adverse impact on our quality of life. Are you taking good care of your health, as well as health of your loved ones? Remember, when a loved one is ill, it is likely to affect you as well.

As Edith Piaf sang with emotions, Non, je ne regrette rien (“No, I regret nothing”), can we also calmly say that we have no regrets in our last moments in life…

Warmest Regards, SLC

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