I wanted to share something from the little booklet on dying from hospice care. Its called Gone From My Sight by Barbara Karnes, RN. I thought it was lovely.
“How we approach death is going to depend upon our fear of life, how much we participated in that life, and how willing we are to let go of this expression to venture into a new one. Fear and unfinished business are two big factors in determining how much resistance we put into meeting death.The separation becomes complete when breathing stops. What appears to be the last breath is often followed by one or two long spaced breaths and then the physical body is empty. The owner is no longer in need of a heavy, nonfunctioning vehicle.They have entered into a new city, a new life.”
I’ve always wanted to be a full participant in this life. It’s part of the reason I don’t hold my affections back, even if it has ended up in heartbreak at times.