Dying, But Not Dead
Before I even thought about becoming a nurse I was taking random classes at a local community college and came across a class called "Death and Dying." For some reason this subject fascinated me. Its not that I had any desire to die, its just when I thought about dying, it made me think more about how to live more.
As a nurse, I have been exposed to death and dying with alarming frequency, and have put more people in body bags than I can count. When I first went into nursing my passion was Hospice nursing and I have always been drawn to patients on my floor who came to die. Now, this may sound morbid, or crazy, but that same feeling of living more, especially when faced with deaths calling, is what has driven me to work with these patients. I love hearing about these peoples lives, their passions, their children, their joys and their heart breaks.
I often find that its these final days of life that people take note of all that they had, or wish they had more of. Some people, when given the chance, will say what they always wanted to say to their loved ones, which often results in tears of joy for these last moments of forgiveness and love. Most often, though, I find these precious souls, who lie quietly in their hospital bed (with the help of an assortment of intravenous meds to keep them comfortable) will anxiously await the next phase of their existence.
I think for many the fear of dying is because they believe that death is the end. Like going to sleep and poof, its all gone. Our bodies and all of its lessons, adventures, love stories and heart break, all gone with the blink of an eye, or with ones last breath. I on the other hand choose to think that our souls are eternal and death is only a passage into a space that I believe is the doorway home.
In fact there has become more and more evidence that, yes, in fact life after death does exist. One such example of life after death come by way of a brilliant and now world renowned speaker/ author/ Psychiatrist Brian Weiss who by accident came across a young woman's past life while under a deep hypnosis.
Now, some may say, this was all her imagination gone wild. Yet, as Dr. Weiss points out, he too was a scientist and skeptic about anything that couldn't be proven scientifically. And here he was, hearing about past lives that had such extraordinary detail, which later were verified as fact, he ended up making his career about proving that past lives do exist. His work has helped thousands heal from past life traumas and get past phobias (often people who suffer from asthma were suffocated in a past life and once this is brought to the surface, their aliments go away).
Most importantly though, his work shows us that we are eternal beings and our souls are often reincarnated with those that we love dearly. For me, this knowing helps me realize that when my loved ones die we will be reunited again.
This awareness helps me live more freely now knowing that death is not the worst thing that can happen to me. The worst thing that can happen is to not live.
So, choose to live your fullest. Have no fear. Love completely and fully. And know that you are eternal and will always be loved... forever.