The grief of death is admitted but there’s no incredulity, no sense of thwarted entitlement but in western europe in 2017 there is a narrative of lengthening lifespans, of extraordinary treatments that fend off death for decades and may, in the end, outwit it entirely. In his book being mortal, writer and surgeon atul gawande has a chapter titled “hard conversations” he writes about the extremely difficult, yet ultimately rewarding conversations his father.
4 thoughts on “ facing mortality ” janet says: may 31, 2018 at 1:55 pm thank you for sharing, mel i’ve clung to these same truths during our young adult son’s 4 1/2 years of cancer treatments and his ultimate passing almost 4 years ago they have been a life line and have helped me keep my perspective and focus on the lord.
Facing death and mortality sometimes we just can’t push away the subject of death any longer we find ourselves facing our own mortality, whether through our own situation or that of someone close to us read on for help with your thoughts and questions. Facing the shadows of death you don’t face death just once at the end of your life throughout your life you face what david, in psalm 23, called “the shadow of death” (psalm 23:4. In the early days after eva’s death there were two biblical truths that were the solid ground on which i could walk, though my walking was slow and plodding one was the character of god and the other was the providence of god the central truth of scripture is that there is a creator god, and that his character is all good and all great.
Intellectually, we all know that death is a fact of life but most people tend to avoid thinking about their own mortality, especially when they are young for healthy young people, death seems so remote but with a life-threatening experience - a serious illness, for example, or an accident - the confrontation is upon them.
The one time i remember discussing mortality was during an hour we spent on the death of ivan ilyich, tolstoy’s classic novella it was in a weekly seminar called patient-doctor—part of the school’s effort to make us more rounded and humane physicians.
Today i feel compelled to write a more personal expression of what it means to “live the bible” i have not mentioned before now in these writings that in the. But those original books of my youth, no matter their faults to my adult gaze, still resonate strongly in my memories with characters whose mortality was never once forgotten this article has been edited since its initial publication in august 2014.