July 8, 2009 New York Times article on CONVENT SISTERS FACE DEATH WITH DIGNITY AND REVERENCE by Jane Gross appropriately addresses the fundamental question of death and dying. It describes the common sense approach that many of the elderly and chronically ill sisters adopt at end of life. Few opt for major testing, intensive medical or surgical therapy. They are peace with the process that is both unavoidable and completely natural–namely death.
I have written previously on this subject and will continue to do so. The metaphysically aware are fully cognizant of the obvious–that death is the term we use for the end of life. Just as each life has a beginning it must have an end. The real question is why we have so much trouble accepting this obvious truth.
Of course we all know why death is so difficult to accept. Yet failure to do so only makes its eventuality that much more traumatic for those left behind. Recognizing the inevitability of any of life's events allows us to deal with them in a more peaceful and healthy state of being.
It is this failure to acknowledge the obvious that leads to over-testing, over-medicating and inflicting unnecessary procedures on those who are at end of life. We need to 're-frame' our notions of death. It is not a disease. It may be caused by a disease, or it may be merely the term for the failure of the body to continue all those amazingly integrated processes of living.
Those of us who have a belief in survival of the soul after death seem much more able to accept this inevitability.
I applaud the article and all attempts to bring our awareness to this issue which is often kept hidden. It is more than the right time to pull our heads out of the sand and face what cannot be denied.