Understand first that yes we should be trying to save lives and at whatever the cost could be. This is not message to just give up the fight to live just because you receive a diagnosis of life-threatening diseases. This is a message to teach to live until we do die. Death is something that we must and it is a natural part of our lives.
As you listen to the recording the talk given by Don Cowie please remember the previous paragraph. Don is a multi-faith spiritual health practitioner in hospice care for Fraser Health. After over 20 years in parish ministry just outside the Downtown East Side in Vancouver, BC. Don completed his Spiritual Health training in Vancouver General Hospital. He has a passion for people, and view every encounter with another as special. Don believes being with those who are dying and the ie families, is a sacred privilege and he is honoured to share some of his thoughts, stories and perspectives on spirituality and the dying.
Is death the end of life or just another part of life. We don’t know what happens to what we know to be the person we love after they die. We don’t know what is going to happen to our person after death making death and the idea of death scary. Scary as it may seem we are all facing it and to date, we are all going to dye. Our natural lives all begin the same way and our lives end mostly the same way it is what we do with each breath we take while we are alive is what really counts. Living means taking chances and filling your being with things you love, being loved by people around us, learning to listen, and being heard. We as beings in this life have a responsibility to enjoy life and to face each moment we live with bravery.
Death is near and the doctor just told you so. Only, you can decide what you do next but if you see death as something natural and some that everyone must do it might colour your decision. Dying is not giving up or losing but leaving life feeling alive is a sign of a life well-lived.