I have learned many things as a pastor and am sure I will learn much more. One of the main things I have learned is that people do not like talking about… death and dying. People would rather talk about anything else, just not that topic. However, death is part of life and it is something that we all must face.
First of all, I would like to share with you some of my favorite quotes about death.
- From the Movie Battleship: Captain Yugi Nagata: “We’re going to die! Alex Hopper: “We are going to die. You’re going to die, I’m going to die, we’re all going to die… just not today.
- “Today is a good day to die!” This phrase is frequently attributed to the Oglala Lakota war leader Crazy Horse but that is inaccurate. The earliest published reference attributes it to the Oglala Lakota chief Low Dog.
- From the Movie Shawshank Redemption: Andy Dufresne: “I guess it comes down to a simple choice: Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
- Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, “Did you bring joy?” The second was, “Did you find joy?” – Leo Buscaglia
- When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in a manner so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice. – Native American Proverb
- Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean. – David Searls
- I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. – Winston Churchill
- The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. – Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t. – Richard Bach
- The fear of death follows the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. – Mark Twain
Death is a hard topic and most people do not want to talk about it because of the finality of it. But there is more to it than that. (to be continued)