Go peacefully

By Ian Saint
On November 22, 2019

Ian Saint, photo editor


Death.

There is a stigma surrounding this daily life event that paints it as a negative, often painful, evil thing that deprives us of our loved ones. Death is as much a part of life as breathing or birth. Death is simple, much more so than the creation of new life. Clear and concise; one last breath and one expires.

In my limited time working in healthcare, I have witnessed death firsthand, rearing its head up right in front of me. Like any first in life, the first death I witnessed still stands in my memory. For the woman who was pass­ing, it was a release of the burden of living, a release from the tubes, the wires and the sounds of the busy world around her. Peace­ful, a loving family sur­rounded her as she drew her last gasp, followed by a slow exhale of air and soul. An infant began crying in the hallway, reminding all who were present that with the loss of one, new life begins elsewhere.

Death is not some­thing to be feared. Those who lie in their beds hor­rified or fearful of what is eminent spend their last days anxious, maybe only having a few hours of peace if they come to terms with the inevitable, if any at all. Those who go fearlessly into the dark breathe easi­er. Death will come for all of us. Nothing is forever, so let that make the moments we share be all the sweeter. Hug your loved ones, be bold, live a little and love a lot.

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