Understanding Death and the Cycle of Life

Every day, we are confronted by mortality. It’s a fact that all living creatures are bound to face death eventually. The subject of death ignites fear because nobody knows what’s waiting for us after we give out that last breath. It’s not unusual for people to view the “final transition” with a sense of fear. Fear of the unknown breeds a feeling of helplessness since it eliminates our power to take total control.

The best way to understand the notion of death is to understand the cycle of life. When we were born, no one was able tell exactly how our life would turn, whether we’d be an artist or a politician, whether we’d marry or become wealthy or famous or not – all of these things are something we were to determine as we grew up. The same principle should be applied to how we perceive death; it is a change wherein the next set of events remains unknown.

Our life is a cycle and death is primarily the last stage known to us. If we take a closer look around us, change happens all the time and death is a big part of the natural cycle. Death may signify the end of our life here on Earth; but so far, we can only confirm that it’s the end our physical existence. After that, we cannot really tell what is in store for our spiritual selves.

The best example of death is found in the changing of seasons. Every year, fall and winter set in and everything becomes barren. Trees lose their leaves and most plants die along with the chills of this season. However, after a few months of nature’s death, spring comes along and the beautiful flowers will bloom once again. Life is pretty much like the passing of seasons: The cycle of blooming, withering and eventually dying happens to every living being.

Fearing death is the same as fearing to live life. Imagine if we gave in to the fear of the unknown when we were young, we would have never experienced all the fruitful things that we cherish today. Whenever we experience change, especially those that we did not initiate, we are forced to face it with courage and hope. Eventually, these changes helped us to grow into better people and view life more maturely.

Since death is simply the biggest change we’ll ever face, it also calls for courage and hope. We may never know what’s waiting for us afterwards but we can always make the most of what we have now. Our openness to our mortality can help us face death with dignity; and understanding the purpose of it can lead us to appreciate life more. This openness to accept our earthly mortality can make a big difference on how we live our life today and prepare to face and help to “create” a good death.

Rev. Maria Dancing Heart Hoaglund shares profound insights on how we can face our mortality with courage. She also imparts a deeper understanding about our final transformation and the possibility of helping ourselves create a good death. Visit her website at changewithcourage.com and learn how to face this biggest change in life with courage and hope.

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