Facing Death & Honoring Life
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
I'm no stranger to death. We were brought up going to funerals from the time we were born into my family. I'm also a retired nurse who worked in-home hospice for several years, in nursing homes, and ICU's so death has always been a fact of life. Plus, I'm Irish so we always had the all-night wakes. I'm also Cherokee so I was raised with those beliefs as well. I know many others, however, who are either afraid of death or just don't want to be around either sickness or death. I'm a Christian as well so I have no fear of facing my own death even though as I grow older I do tend to think about it more. I have a book that I'm recording things about my life such as finances, web sites, and last wishes, etc. for my daughter to have. She knows about it so she can be as prepared as possible. This is in no way saying that I'm ready to cross over just quite yet. This past 1 1/2 year has brought a lot of death into my life. First I lost one of my nieces, then a sister, and my husband. I also lost a favorite horse and several dogs who were more like our babies. This all occurred within a 3 1/2 month time frame last April through July. This year it has been cousins, friends, and neighbors. A best friend of over 30 years, a first cousin whom I was very close to during our childhood recently died, and several friends and neighbors of almost 30 years have also recently died. One was buried today. While my husband's death due to cancer last July has been the most devastating, they have all brought a sense of loss. But I always choose to remember the good times of each of their lives. So as I begin a new day I continue to keep the families and friends in my thoughts and prayers, but I also thank my Lord for each day He has given me. Each day is a wonderful gift. Each day I get to choose to honor Him by honoring my body and choosing to eat the nourishing foods and doing the exercise that I am able to do that day even with the health problems I now have. Some days I may not be able to do as much as on other days, but I can always do something. I am so glad I have the support of my family and friends, including the friends I have made here on Spark People. Just reading their struggles and their accomplishments help me each day to continue to do my best. I feel if others can do it then so can I. So do your best just for today no matter what your best might be. Don't compare others best with your best. We are all individuals with different needs and health problems. So have a blessed day and be good to yourself!