July 27, 2010

Death and Dying



I took a class named 'Death and Dying" at GWU. The name was so interesting and I had heard so much about the course that I had to try it as a Psychology major. We learned so much about death' what it is' how it is depicted since we are young till the day we actually die, what stages are there of dying, euthanasia, about Elizabeth K├╝bler-Ross, suicide, abortion and its history and many more that I could list but will take too long.

K├╝bler-Ross (1926-2004) was one thing that caught my attention through out the course. I never could forget her, how she explained death and stages of dying. One quote that stuck with me was:

"
It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth, and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, that we will begin to live each day to the fullest; as if it was the only one we had."

How right is she? we all know that there is an end to the life we live, but we never acknowledge the life we do live. We always take things for granted, the small or the big. We know how to be happy,
as each of us had times that we were happy, but we never get stuck at that moment but instead we try to move on to the next- without fully living it.

Our time will be up one day.. who knows when.. some might say God decides it, some might just say traffic and a monster running over you will, or even just a friendly fire on a war zone. But one thing is sure that we all die someday. Either we are 1 hrs old or we are 100' our time will too come.


So what are we doing to make sure we have no regrets when that time comes, to say that we have fully lived our lives, laughed enough, loved enough, helped enough, and even asked for help enough.We need other people to survive, to grow and to die. Having someone with you while lying on your death bed, or being born to your mothers arms and giving your last breath, there should always be a loved when holding your hand.

am i getting too depressive, didn't mean too. Was actually just wondering about the loved ones we lost in my family and the ones we are getting ready to lose.

I hope each one of us, you, me, your loved ones, my loved ones- we all have a happy life, a fully lived one, with no regrets that would hold us back from giving our last breath.

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