Do you know that you are going to die?

January 7, 2014 on 10:49 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

A few years back I was in the business of selling cemetery property. Yes, that is right I sold graves. I never did what they call at need sales I was in the preneed sales part of the business. The difference is at need means when a person dies the family comes to the cemetery and buys the plot, vault and marker. I sold these things to people in their homes as a part of family planning for the inevitable. It is amazing how much money there is to be made in this profession.

One thing that I will never be able to forget is how people would talk about death. They all spoke in terms of if I die. It was my job to make them understand it is not a matter of if you die, it is when will you die. Most of us just think that we are indestructible and we do not think of out own demise. I understand, this is depressing. Or is it?

I remember when my Father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. At first everyone had high hopes that he would overcome the odds and he would beat cancer. Obviously there was a point where we all knew that the inevitable death was not that far away. Dad knew he was going to die and I could not help but to wonder, what is it going to be like living my life knowing that I only have so many years, months, days, and hours?

How will I act? What will I do? Am I going to look at the rest of my life as a challenge and try to live it as best as I can? Will I become depressed and just lay down and wait to die? Honestly I do not know, none of us do until we are faced with this part of life. I know who I am today and I know what my attitude of never allowing something to beat me. I would hope that I will embrace my remaining days and do as much as I can as fast as I can. Of course that is how I am today, tomorrow is more than just another day. Tomorrow changes perspective and as I age it is possible that my attitude will change.

It is safe to say that I know that I am going to die. I am in no hurry but I have accepted my own mortality. Today I learned that my brother has now been given a maximum number to his his life. For the last couple of years he has been fighting some health problems and finally his doctors have put a name to his disease. He learned that he has Multiple System Atrophy and there is no cure. Walt is my little brother and I am supposed to be his protector. There are not many times in my life I have felt helpless. I am hopeless, there is no doubt but I cannot accept being helpless. Today I feel sad for my brother and I feel helpless because there is nothing I can do to help my brother.

We all need to remember that not only are we dying but our family, neighbors and friends are all dying as well. It is not a matter of if it is a matter of when. Be nice to each other. Show everyone you know how much you love them every chance you get, one day it is going to be your last chance. Some of us have been given a life expectancy but who knows I might mot wake up tomorrow or I might be hit by a bus next week. I guess it is time to start living life,

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