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Life … and death.

A close friend of mine lost his father last night, and today I went to a funeral and was reminded about what is really important in this life.

At this time of year we have the holiday season madness. The shops go crazy. People max out their credit cards. Masses of people get stressed out about the preparations for a couple of days of celebration which has shifted from a holiday focused on religious significance to become a consumers paradise.

When someone close to you dies you tend to think about the material things a little differently. Yes, it is always nice to be able to afford “nice stuff”, to be able to eat well, dress well and “have a comfortable life” … but is that what is really important?

I think that in times of hardship or loss we realise just how important family and friends are. You can have all the money in the world, but without friends and family you are poor.

I never knew Jack, but I got a glimpse into his life today and if he was anything like his son he was a great man! Rest in peace Jack … you lived a full life with your share of hardships and successes, but above all you had friends and family that loved you and that is really all any of us need.


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2 thoughts on “Life … and death.

  1. Interesting title – Life … and death. I took a year off from the work world and spent time with two people whom were important to our family. Both my father and father-in-law were told their time was limited and both took this information very hard — because they both wanted to live! Past losses had taught me that many of my family members would not be able to handle the news. What I have learned is that many are not prepared in accepting that life is not forever. With the strength and encouragement from my husband we invested the time with these parents who had loved us unconditionally. During all of this time (1 year) it was hard to watch them slip away each and every day. But because we were prepared to help them complete “their list of things left to do” they began to accept this change in their life. Now months after this experience — I’m beginning to get a new lease on life — another chapter so to speak. Life is a journey. It’s what you do in between that counts. I find it easier to be kinder, a better listener and a friend to many. Perhaps this holiday season and through out the New Year there will be peace on earth and good will to all.

  2. Interesting title – Life … and death. I took a year off from the work world and spent time with two people whom were important to our family. Both my father and father-in-law were told their time was limited and both took this information very hard — because they both wanted to live! Past losses had taught me that many of my family members would not be able to handle the news. What I have learned is that many are not prepared in accepting that life is not forever. With the strength and encouragement from my husband we invested the time with these parents who had loved us unconditionally. During all of this time (1 year) it was hard to watch them slip away each and every day. But because we were prepared to help them complete “their list of things left to do” they began to accept this change in their life. Now months after this experience — I’m beginning to get a new lease on life — another chapter so to speak. Life is a journey. It’s what you do in between that counts. I find it easier to be kinder, a better listener and a friend to many. Perhaps this holiday season and through out the New Year there will be peace on earth and good will to all.

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