I wrote a blog entry for my new website A Good Dying because I wanted to make sense of fifty thousand people being dead. Overnight. Gone. Only dead bodies left.
I wanted to be able to hold that piece of news inside my heart. I wanted to find a way to wrap myself around such a staggering number. I wanted to know myself connected.
In these times of nearly instant communication through TV and the Internet, we can be deeply involved in catastrophes anywhere on the world. Through stories, images and video we know so much. We are right there. Even though physically we are thousands of miles away.
At the same time it can be just a story. Not connected to me in my safe home far away.
What if there is a BIGGER picture even around death and dying?
What if we could add a different perspective into the already existing ones? One that would allow us to feel good even about death and dying, not as the exclusive emotion, but as a silver lining on a normally very dismal and dark subject.
Here is a video that explores that possibility:
This video is a presentation that I put together using poems I have written while someone was actively dying, mandala art pieces I created during my Hospice volunteer training, and photographs of friends and clients either close to dying or shortly after their death.