Quotes. Thoughts & Excerpts... Life, Death & Living
An individual human existence should be like a river –
small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately
past boulders and over waterfalls.
Gradually the river grows wider, the banks
recede, the waters flow more quietly, and – in the end – without any visible
break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual
The man or woman who, in old age, can see his or her life in this way,
will not suffer from the fear of death, since the things they care for will
this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the
running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
However far back you go in your memory, it is always in some external,
active manifestation of yourself that you come across your identity – in the
work of your hands, in your family, in other people...this is what you are.
This is what your consciousness has breathed and lived on, and enjoyed
throughout you life...your immortality, your life in others. And what now?
What does it matter to you if, later on, it is called your
This will be you – the real
you – that enters the future and becomes part of it.
Mark Dombeck Ph.D
Extract from a paper on grief and bereavement
experienced in two very distinct ways: the actual loss of the person we love;
and the symbolic loss of the events that they will no longer be able to share
In many ways, we
live our lives through our important relationships. Our relationships define us
and who we are; they become intimately intertwined into our sense of self (or
self-concept) and are thus a living part of us.
Compassion is the heart’s response to
We share in the beauty of life and in the ocean of tears.
The sorrow of
life is part of each of our heart’s and part of what connects us with one
It brings with it tenderness,
mercy, and an all-embracing kindness that can touch every being.
Elizabeth Kubler Ross
We have no way of knowing when our time is up.
It's 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.'
Speaking of this 100 birthday
If you live to be one hundred, you've
got it made. Very few people die past that age.
When you look at yourself from a universal
something inside always reminds us or informs you
that there are
bigger and better things to worry about.