Since I joined ATS a ways back, there have been several ATS members that have died in that time, R.I.P to all of those.
Well one recent members passing has had me contemplating physical death for the last few days. There is definitely some fear associated with it, the
unknown, the end of being here, the possible pain depending on how I leave, what will my friends and family members do without me here, etc
But on the other end, I have faced death before in various close calls and I understand logically that this life here, eventually ends. Death is part
of life. The same buildings in which new children are born, just a few floors away, is the same building where the old go to die. (Hospitals)
Also death is discussed, accepted, and seen as part of the cycle of Life in various countries in the East. While in the West it is a taboo subject
that should not be discussed, if you do you're viewed as a debbie downer, and since it isn't touched upon, when it does come to a family, it is very
tough on them for this very reason. I have a friend who is a Psychologist who tells me that much of her business come from funeral homes and people
not being able to cope with death. This not being able to cope usually ends up with alcoholism and pill popping to numb the pain of death.
Not too long ago I lost a cousin to addiction to various pain killers and other drugs. He was like a brother to me and I always looked after him and
tried to steer him away from his lifestyle (granted I didn't do my best, but I tried).
When I got the call that he died, I thought I was like someone from the East, well prepared to deal with death. But I found I wasn't. My stomach
locked up on me very painfully. It was a very strange experience, like a painful knot or ulcer in a specific place in the belly, and I soon came to
find out that everyone else in the family had this specific stomach pain from this news. That's a whole conspiracy into itself ...the death news
stomach knot. Anyway, I was at work when I found out and had to keep it together to finish out the day. I took a 20 minute break, breathed into the
stomach pain, let go of my cousin and the "news", accepted that he's gone, and next thing you know, I was almost back to my regular self.
Just wanted to spark up a discussion on physical death and find out how you guys face it
edit on 5-2-2013 by dominicus because: (no reason