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  1. Chris Bailey
    February 5, 2014 @ 8:20 pm

    Absolutely beautiful story Li-ling :) I especially loved the ending bit, that death shouldn’t be a mourning, but a celebration of life.

    One of my favorite quotes on the topic is from Ajahn Brahm, a Buddhist monk from Perth, Australia, and he compared death to the end of a concert. I’m going to paraphrase poorly, but he spoke about how we don’t cry at the end of a beautiful concert, simply because it’s over. That’d be crazy, because we just had an amazing time. Life and death are much the same.

    Thanks for sharing :)

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    • Li-ling
      February 7, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

      Hi Chris, You paraphrased it beautifully and I just love that description of a beautiful concert. So much truth there. Thank you for visiting and taking time to share your wisdom.

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  2. Sue Neal
    February 6, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

    Hi Li-Ling.

    Thanks so much for sharing that moving story. I couldn’t agree with you more – I think it’s a lovely way to look upon death, the way you describe it. I also appreciated Chris’s quote in his comment above, about life being like a concert. I do think that when we mourn, the sadness is mainly for ourselves – for what we feel we’ve lost. As you say, our weeping does nothing for the person who has died. I always feel it’s a terrible waste when you hear about someone who has spent years in bitterness and sorrow and pain because they’re unable to come to terms with a love one’s passing.

    I think the trouble is we’re not very good at dealing with death and try to avoid talking about it, rather than accepting it as an essential part of life and nothing to be afraid of.

    Thanks for a very inspiring post.

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    • Li-ling
      February 7, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

      Hi Sue, What you say is very true. We often feel that death is a subject best avoided and yet it is in reality the only certainty in life. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your much valued thoughts.

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