Our news is constantly filled with the reality of
death and dying. And each of us, if we live long
enough, experiences the loss of persons we loved.
Children ages eight through ten were asked what they
thought about death, and these are some of their
"When you die, God takes care of you like your
mother did when you were alive - only God doesnít
yell at you all the time."
"When you die, they bury you in the ground and your
soul goes to heaven, but your body canít go to
heaven because itís too crowded up there already."
the good people go to heaven. The other people go
where itís hot all the time like in Florida."
"Maybe Iíll die someday, but I hope I donít die on
my birthday because itís no fun to celebrate your
birthday if youíre dead."
"Iím not afraid to die because Iím a Boy Scout."
"Doctors help you so you wonít die until you pay
Iíve observed that the loss of a loved one can be
one of the most difficult things we humans can face.
And one of our greatest needs as we experience such
a loss is for simple, human comfort. Iíve known
friends of sick and dying people to sit by a bedside
or in a hospital room for hours, even days, at a
time. Iíve sometimes heard them offer words of
prayer. Iíve seen food in homes of people who are
dying overflow from kitchen to dining room - food
brought by comforting friends from church and
concerned neighbors. And Iíve observed friends to
just listen - for as long as it takes. Caring
friends are indispensable in times of trouble.
When U.S. Congressman Sam Rayburn (1882-1961)
discovered that he was ill, he announced to the
House of Representatives he was going home to Texas
for medical tests. Some wondered why he did not stay
in Washington where there were excellent medical
facilities. His answer was a beautiful tribute to
friendship: "Bonham is a place where people know it
when you're sick, and where they care when you die."
No one wants to go through difficult times alone. So
Rayburn traded the best of medical technology for
the closeness of loving friends. He knew that good
friends are good medicine. Often the best.
Steve Goodier Publisher@LifeSupportSystem.com
is a professional speaker,
consultant and author of
numerous books. Visit his
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