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To No Longer Fear Death…

December 20th, 2017

We are coming to the time, in the Northern hemisphere, of the longest night. It has seemed as if the sun is dying as its light gets weaker, and the days get shorter. But then, at the time of the Winter Solstice, the sun is reborn and the days start to lengthen again.

This process occurring in the sky above us and the light around us can evoke a awareness of the transience of life, of the inevitability of decline.

It is natural for us to fear our own death and the death of loved ones, but one result of the fear of death can be that it provides a strong motivation for us to search for meaning.

If this topic interests you, have a look at this remarkable talk by Dr. Thomas Fleischmann who has been an emergency physician for over 30 years, and has worked as the director of emergency medical units in Germany and Switzerland. He has been present at the deaths of over 2,000 people. He talks about what it can mean to die, and why he no longer fears death. There is no New-Age woo-woo here, but I believe you will finish this film heartened and inspired.

9 Responses to “To No Longer Fear Death…”

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I am about to travel the grey-lands again. I do not fear dying, I fear all that I have left unfinished. And sad that I may not get to know any real answers, or see my loved ones again. I might, but I might not. And its the loss of all that I love, not the loss of self, that I fear. The feel of my sons arms around me, the silky gold strands of my daughters hair. To see them grow into adults and succeed and dream and become. To grow old(er) with my husband. To hear and see the fifth generation of my Arabian breeding program running through a spring morning. It’s the works I’ve not completed. That is what I fear losing. “Like tears in rain.”

    • Of all the comments, this one touched me the most. You have identified and made clear to me, why the thought of dying upsets me so. It is not fear of the unknown or the next adventure I worry about. It is all the people, places, and things I will not experience again as I have now.

      Thank you for bringing me this insight.

      Michael

  2. What a dear man this doctor is. I had an NDE after delivering my third baby. I had a terrific blood loss and found myself up in the corner of the ceiling watching the panic going on around my body. I had no fear, or distress, just observed the fear of others. During my caring years with, not only the elderly, but younger terminally ill too, I would often see the spirit leave the body at death. For some hours leading up to that death, I would be aware of light and colour around the bed, and whispers. In 2009 Felicity Warner gave me the honor of a Soul Midwife certificate. With a friend, in 2016 I set up a Death Cafe in my local town. I am now 77 years of age, enjoy life, love to communicate with others and if led to, share my experiences. Much love to all, Margaret.

  3. I so appreciate listening to and reading this.
    This comes as an assurance and a lesson in my life,
    Thank you.

  4. They don’t go far, if you want to know something that they can tell you, think of it quietly as children are playing, they will “walk through” them and give you things to think about. They love sports and try to jump through the players to influence the outcome of the game. I guess I am well protected as I can’t remember ever feeling anything but love from them. Blessings.

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