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18/10/2016 11:24 AM
I just wanted to thank you for sharing your story about your mum and yourself and family.
I too experienced that 'sacredness' with my mum who had late diagnosis pancreatic cancer with secondaries.Mum and I were able to 'live' those precious 4 months at my house.There are parts of that time spent together that I could NEVER put into words.
I think it is important that we get back to sharing death and the lead up to it.Since hospitals came into existence,that family interaction and inclusiveness has been stripped away to a large degree.Although we now tend to focus on a 'groovy' funeral,it is the spending of time with the dying and being there as much as is possible in a natural environment that I think we have lost.
I think we need to get back to that wherever possible.
Death is a part of life and there is so much to share,to say or to even be said in the silences between those we love and us.
Sharing my mum's time with her brought us closer together,made TIME seem different,sorted out the mundane and trivial and what was REALLY important,tossed away materialism and deepened us spiritually.Such time spent together,was indeed sacred.
I wish you well.