This question set me back on my heels. Most of us are all going to die – if you believe Ray Kurzweil, or Aubrey de Gray,-look them up- some of us alive today- my young grandchildren for example, may have dramatically extended lifespans- some believe we may even achieve immortality– why I said MOST. I certainly don’t know, but to miss the benefit of new medical technologies that will develop over the ensuing years and have life end soon, is a shock to the mind.
We supposedly all pass through five stages: denial, anger, bargaining (with God for believers), depression and acceptance.
I have not chosen to ask anyone known to be terminally ill if they experienced these things, feeling it was obtrusive unless the subject was brought up. It has yet to be, so I don’t know. Perhaps some of you readers can chime in and become part of this discussion.
I want to move this discussion away from what many of you may believe comes after death- you going to heaven or life in another universe of the multiverse and focus in on how would I spend my time now, while I was still here, if I were in such a position. That is how I interpret the question being asked.
Most of us don’t know when our end will come, which allows us the comfort of blindly continuing those things we normally do or have planned without becoming overwhelmed by finding out. I think knowing that would initially leave me sedentary and contemplative.
I had a heart attack in 2009, and my reaction was “you’ve got to be kidding?” I never feared death and was certain I’d get through it, which fortunately I did.
[newsletter_lock] We all need to be responsible and keep our personal affairs in order all the time, because doing something when death is imminent has potential legal consequences. Some gifting can be challenged and set aside.
Best to figure out your wishes now and have your trust or will drawn up and legally executed.
Personally I think my family is the most important to me, but to many it might be duty – to try to get through with a major project that would have enormous positive consequences to humanity- such as continuing work on a cure for a disease or confirming a major discovery.
I would, on the other hand, see my family- scattered as they are- and enjoy them. I am the type of person who understands my mortality, but doesn’t necessarily accept that I am approaching the end of it.
If I had the means, I would try to do some of the things I have always wanted to do or see places and go, but not at the expense of the time it might take me to do them. Time is precious anyway, and if it runs short, even more so. Maybe
family members could travel with me.
But these are my ideas of what I would do.
More importantly, what would you do? We’d love to hear from you.