Monday, August 31, 2009

The big jump

"A lot of the commentary about Ted Kennedy’s death has focused on his involvement in health care legislation over the years, and has speculated about how his absence from the Senate might affect the current debate. But there’s another aspect of his death that is equally relevant to the debate….the manner of his dying itself."

John Mihalec

Since the dawn of humanity, man has faced the reality of death and the fear of it.
Religion means just that: the answer to our big questions, why we are here and what will happen after.
Religion and faith should help us to face the moment of the big jump, and also the thought of getting closer to it.
I guess that depression and indolence in old people are mostly due to it, to the realization that the feared moment is close.
I always thought that big suffering had at least one good side: you actually WANT to die, because life is unbearable.
But I am on the side of helping the dying to face a human death, and if possible not to face it at all.
I am 57, and after my parent’s death I think often about getting older and dying.
My father had Alzheimer and in one way I would like to follow his steps.
He had a much better death than my mother (she died for lung cancer) because he didn’t even realize he was dying.
He had a good and relatively long life; he faced death without seeing it.
Death should be like that: the same as birth, a fact of our life we do not actually live.

Your article is a good one, but there is a very unpleasant note in it: "If we don’t, there is no hope at all of controlling medical costs."
Dying in a human nice way should have nothing to do with controlling medical cost....

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