We all have ancestors alive and dead, who loom over us like long dark shadows that arouse something unfathomable deep inside of us. In this trek down the dirt road, I introduce you to 4 of my dead ancestors and share a little of who they were and what they meant to me.
We are all experts in one thing and one thing only – ourselves. It’s my wish that by sharing intimate things about my own life, I strike a chord that resonates in you. And in so doing we remember our common humanity and that we are all dealing with the same fundamental issues in life.
😉 Bright Someone
Grand child of a Steel Worker, Great grand child of a 100 year old Roman Catholic.
My sister has lapsed into unconsciousness and now it is most likely just a matter of days until she goes HOME. I’m using some of my Tumour Called Freedom fundraiser money to book a ticket for my son and I to see her. But I don’t know if I will be saying a final goodbye to her living body or reading her eulogy. I might be away from here for a while. Thank you for all your ongoing support. My own treatment starts at the end of February.
(Susy and I a month before I was diagnosed with Renal Carcinoid Cancer in May 2007).
As a therapist/group work facilitator and just an ordinary human being, I worked with a lot of people who had very, very sad lives and I saw a lot of very sad things. But wherever I could I tried to bring light into people’s lives, to alleviate their sadness – if not permanently, then just for a little while.
I’m going to bed soon, so some other time I’ll share some stories of sadness with you but until then I wonder if you might share your own or someone else’s story of sadness with the rest of us !
Rather than fixing everything, sometimes we just need to sit with how things are. There is nothing more powerful than just being present for another living creature. No doing, just being. So let the sadness come…
In this brief dialogue (yes it really is brief !), I talk a little about the gaps we leave behind. Let me know your opinion on this subject !
Happy listening ! 😉
Lots of people are interested in the subject of Near Death Experiences (NDE’s) and After Death Communications (ADC’s) but few people are familiar with Death Bed Visions, in which people who are dying experience the presence of those who have gone before them. I find the topic fascinating and the likelihood of it being true, immensely comforting. David Kessler (who was present at the death of Elizabeth Kubler Ross) has done some interesting research into the subject : http://grief.com/ , http://davidkessler.org/ & http://www.amazon.com.au/Visions-Trips-And-Crowded-Rooms-ebook/dp/B003QXMYO8. Here’s a couple of videos that discuss the issue. Anyone who has spent time in palliative care or spoken to staff who work in palliative care, will know that it’s common for the dying to talk about seeing people that others can’t see. It seems to me, that it’s unlikely to be a byproduct of changes in the brain nearing death (although it seems likely the brain is changing and that is what allows people to see the dead). I think it’s what really happens – the dead return to comfort us and to let us know they are waiting. Why should death be any different to birth ?