Death/Endings

“It’s perfectly safe. It’s like taking off a tight shoe.” (Emmanuel)

“We men die because our faces were not watered enough.” (Pat Conroy, Beach Music)

“To die will be an awfully big adventure.” (James M. Barrie)

“Grief turns into healing when you relinquish the pain and helplessness you feel, because there is nothing you can do to bring the deceased person back, and shift your thoughts to what you can do to honor that person’s memory. The best remembrance of a loved one is to carry on what that person stood for.  What unique qualities did that person possess?  What were his or her interests or wishes?  To insure that the meaning of that person’s life continues after death, you can’t dwell on your feelings of loss indefinitely.  If you allow them to consume you, your focus becomes fixed on you – your rage, your sorrow, your loneliness – rather than the person who is gone.  Shift your focus to doing justice to that person’s memory, and your pain will begin to diminish.”  Maxine Schnall  from: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes you Stronger: Turning Bad Breaks into Blessings

“Death is nature’s way of saying, ‘your table is ready.” Robin Williams, taken from Do It! Let’s Get Off Our But’s (The Life 101 Series) John Roger and Peter Mcwilliams)

“All men should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.” (James Thurber)

“Death has to be waiting at the end of the ride, before you truly see the earth, and feel your heart, and love the world.” (Jean Anouilh)

“Death is not a period but a comma in the story of life.” (author unknown)

“The end is where we start from.” (T. S. Eliot)

“It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.”  (Denis Diderot)

“Among the dead there are those that still have to be killed.”   (Desnoyers)