Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mother Theresa

Mother Theresa went to be there for people dying on the streets of Calcutta. She picked them up and took them to her home with other nuns so they could die with dignity.
We can do that in our own special way. Let us visit together and learn how we can comfort in the face of insurmountable odds. To bring comfort when there is hopelessness and isolation.
A cab driver in NYC asked what I did for a living and when I told him, he was amazed, "In my country when people are ill we stay with them until they are well, and if they are dying we do the same thing, we would never leave anyone who is ill or dying. And if they die we stay with the body until it is buried. He was from a country in Africa. I was told similar things from people of Mexico. What are your thoughts?


  1. I think it is a beautiful and respectful thing to do for those who have passed.
    I really hope that someone stays with me when I die and as I die. So many people are afraid of not just their own death but death in general. It makes people uncomfortable to see just how easily life can be gone, or how painfully....I have been that person as well, not wanting to be near a family member who was dying of brain cancer because it scared me. How horrible of me! Now that I have cancer death is a very real possibility and it is unfortunately something that occupies my thoughts on too many occasions. I can only hope and pray that when my time comes someone will not be too afraid to be by my side holding my hand.
    I very much appreciate your blog.
    Peace, love, light, joy, and health

    1. Dear Laura, I am saddened I had not opened your comment. I am still new to this and did not recognize a new comment ever so long ago. If you like here is my email, I would like very much to know how you are doing. Most all of us are fearful of another going through what your near family member went through. It is so difficult. And part of it for me is knowing what in the world to say, or do. Please, if you wish, let me know how you are doing. Cassandra

    2. Hello Laura and Cassandra, I am caring for my dad 24/7 who is dying from cancer and it is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. In our culture the family will take care of our own in their own home until the day they die. The departed is never left alone until their burial. We will accompany dad to the Funeral Parlour, dress him and bring him home (in his casket) where he will "lie in state" for three days - with family at his side at all times. It is a very spiritual time and helps with the grieving process immensely. I too have family members that are not comfortable coping with the dying process however the human spirit has this incredible ability to release all fear and "do what it has to do" to help your loved one feel loved, comfortable and keeping their dignity intact wherever possible. Dad has recently started to decline and has a huge fear of death however, reminding him that it "is OK" has reassured him that there should be nothing to be afraid of.

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