July 4, 2016
dignity – the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect
There is nothing dignified in death. In fact, dying is a messy business, at least for the living. Our five senses are on high alert and death is indelibly imprinted on our soul.
Although we face the unknown alone, we hope those we leave behind will find comfort in each other. Because trust me, there is no comfort in watching a loved one die.
There is no honor in death; honor is in the way we choose to live our lives. There is no dignity in death; dignity is in the way we choose to live.
I do not fear death. My passing is inevitable. I fear that my loved ones will have to witness my dying. And as I stated before, dying is a messy business. Watching a loved one die is honorable, but difficult and not for the faint of heart.
Death with dignity is a misnomer or rather, it’s an oxymoron. There is nothing dignified about death, at least for the living.
Death with dignity? Never. Peace, ~v.