Coming to Terms with Death. Including your own

Views on death

How can we come to terms with death? For that, we need to understand what is death and how we view it. We, humans, are different from all other living organisms.

Not that much in terms of Biology or the social aspects of our way of life but in terms of the way we perceive things. Our ability to be self-aware.

This, however, is a double-edged sword. By being self-aware, we are more and more conscious of the way we live our life.

We want happiness and wellbeing for our relatives and ourselves however; the inevitable change is the fundamental truth of the world.

The demand for permanence is the cause of misery. The demand to be happy forever, to be healthy forever, to exist forever. Clinging to life is the reason we are afraid of death.

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Come to terms with death as a stage of transformation

We now realize that the only truth is the present moment. There is no point in worrying about things outside of our control and the fundamental nature of the universe is change.

“Life, then, is really a dream, and we human beings are like travellers floating down the eternal river of time, embarking at a certain point and disembarking again at another point in order to make room for others waiting below the river to come aboard. Half of the poetry of life would be gone, if we did not feel that life was either a dream, or a voyage with transient travellers, or merely a stage in which the actors seldom realized that they were playing their parts.”

― Zhuangzi

Therefore, your death is happening every second. You are continuously changing and progressing through the stages of life.

At every stage, a version of you dies and a new one is born. Zhuangzi said that death is just a transformation just as all life is. It should be a celebration.

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