A beloved aunty of mine recently died, a beautiful, generous woman with great spirit who will be very missed. For anyone going through the loss of a loved one, here are some texts that I have found useful from a book I have edited for the New Zealand market: DYING: A NEW ZEALAND GUIDE FOR THE JOURNEY by Sue Wood and Peter Fox:
‘I feel and know that death is not the ending, as we thought, but rather the real beginning – and that nothing ever is or can be lost, nor even die, nor soul, nor matter.’ Walt Whitman
‘The tragedy of life is not in the fact of death. The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives – the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response; the death of awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in oneself…No man need fear death: he need fear only that he may die without having known his greatest power – the power of his free will to give his life to others.’ Albert Schweizer
‘Our life essence, our connection to meaning, truth, and beauty, our deep relationship to self and others is all part of spirituality. To love and be loved, to be respected; to be forgiven. To be validated, to be understood. These are all crucial spiritual needs. Death offers us a chance to see the spiritual wherever we look. To see the sacred in simple objects.’ Peter Fox.