Is There Ever A Good Way To Die?

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” — Mark Twain

My experience in Hospice and Palliative care has made me aware of just how many people are leaving the planet long before they ever figure out why they were born to begin with.

Howard is (was) 84 years old. As we talked about his life, he began to cry. When I asked him what was so difficult about looking back over his life, he said, “Jeff, I’ve lived 84 years and never figured out why I was born to begin with.” Howard died two weeks after our visit.

After serving humanity at the end of their life, I’m astounded at the number of people, just like Howard, who live life without ever knowing why. Sure they’ve worked, served their country, raised a family, and accumulated a bit of possessions, but when asked, more that 98% of the people I’ve served say, sadly enough, they’ve lived without ever knowing why.

Is there a good way to die?

Dying empty is the only way to die. Dying empty simply means that during your lifetime you were able to discover why you were born — your purpose or meaning for living, and fully engage yourself in your purpose your entire life until the need that you were created to fill in the Universe is fulfilled — then you simply leave. (die)

Humans arrive at death’s door with baggage we can’t take with us: past failures, wishes of would of, could of, should of, and lots of scars left by poor choices and bad decisions. We should learn to let go along the way so we can live, and die, free. — Jeff Crume

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