Archive for the ‘avoiding thinking about death’ Category

Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

September 9, 2009

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but its sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in the relative way, but youre older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Time, Pink Floyd

We distract ourselves to avoid thoughts of death

August 5, 2009

…only is here
The white flat face of Death, God’s silent servant,
And behind the face of death the Judgement

And behind the Judgement the Void, more horrid than active shapes of hell;
Emptiness, absence, separation from God;
The horror of the effortless journey, to the empty land
Which is no land, only emptiness, absence, the void,
Where those who were men can no longer turn the mind
To distraction, delusion, escape into dream, pretence,
Where the soul is no longer deceived, for there are no objects,
no tones,
No colours, no forms to distract, to divert the soul
From seeing itself, foully united forever, nothing with nothing,
Not what we call death, but what beyond death is not death,
We fear, we fear. Who shall then plead for me,
Who intercede for me, in my most need?

Dead upon the tree, my Saviour,
Let not be in vain Thy labour;
Help me, Lord, in my last fear.

Dust I am, to dust am bending,
From the final doom impending
Help me, Lord, for death is near.

T.S.Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral, Act 2, scene 17

Denial of Death

August 5, 2009

I’m not afraid of dying. I just don’t want to be there when it happens

Woody Allen

Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it

last words of W.S. Maugham, in 1965

Negative patient outcome

hospital description of death of patient