You can be young or old, rich, or poor, famous or unknown, but at some point, death will take us all. For some it will be sudden, for others, there will be some time to face the inevitable knowing the end is near.
The older one gets the more life experience brings life into focus. Our individual experience provides opportunity to observe and learn from those that have gone before us. Life has many variables but one constant; as each day passes we are all one day closer to our last day.
There is some real-life commonality in the way humanity most often faces their ultimate demise. Fear is not common except perhaps in Hollywood films, what is common is peace and acceptance, knowing the end is near.
The intensity of peace and acceptance comes from a satisfaction of our desires that have a commonality within all of us. The desire for forgiveness, immortality and meaning are the common aspirations that when satisfied give us a calming peace, and acceptance that is often mistakenly perceived by others as a strength and courage in the face of death.
Perfection is not a trait of humanity, hence the desire to look for forgiveness for our foibles, misjudgments, and misdeeds as our life fades away. The truth is, forgiveness serves both the giver and the receiver. A powerful gift treasured by those receiving it and a lifting of a burden formerly carried forth by the giver.
Watching as the angel of death nears is an experience not forgotten, equally it is important to let the person at death’s door know you will remember them, that they will never be forgotten. It is a basic desire within each of us to be remembered, to have immortality in the memory of those we leave behind.
For some there is great accomplishment and recognition in life, for others, life seems to pass without notice. Yet every person contributes to the world around them in some way. There are many people providing the inspiration of angels going unnoticed among us. Their lives will never be chronicled in the movies, honored with a plaque, or even acknowledged with a simple note of thanks. In the end, all they really desire is to know their life had meaning, that they had worth, that they will be remembered and forgiven for their failures.
The greatest gift we can deliver is the gift of love, understanding and forgiveness to others, the same gift we will one day crave to give us peace and calm as we pass from this life. If one is to follow the teachings found in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 7:12 we can comfort the dying and find a comforting peace within ourselves with our own actions.